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When my sister and I were little, we used to play "friend". One of us would walk up to the other and say something like "hi friend" and we would go back and forth talking completely normal, except we used the word friend instead of a name. We thought that's how you talked to your friends!

KT
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When I was a kid I believed that everyone was given a new first name when they became an adult. It just seemed to me that kids had different names than adults.

John
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when I was in grade 3, about 7 years old, we had Religious Instruction class.I was told I was a Catholic but I had never heard this word. I thought I was a Catholic because my surname started with "C". I knew that Catholic was bad as all my friends were Anglican,whether or not their surname started with "A"

Anon
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On a few occasions I'd perused a newspaper and, in an article about the army, noticed that many people had names such as "Pte Johnson". Not knowing that Pte was an abbreviation for "private", I assumed that they were all named Pete but for one reason or another their parents misspelled it on their birth certificate. It then followed logically that this was why there were so many people with this name in the army -- if they had parents with such basic skills as the ability to correctly spell Pete, they may have been able to get a job doing something else.

Jim, UK
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I thought that when people got married, they just chose whatever surname in the world they wanted. I often wondered why they had chosen such a long and hard to spell one for our family!

Margo
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When I was very young, I believed that my parents actual names were "mum" and "dad".

Margo
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I used to think Pete Seeger and Bob Seger were related!

LongLiveRock
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I used to believed that "R.I.P" on a gravestone meant that that person's name was Rip.

Silly kid
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My parents were talking about O J Simpson when I was about three and I couldn't stop laughing because I was sure his name was really Orange Juice Simpson.

Anon
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I used to think my mum and dad were brother and sister. How else would they have the same surname?

Miss Innocent
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When I was little, I thought that my Aunts had two names. Their first name was "Annie" and then they had another name to differentiate them.

"Annie-Dolores" and "Annie-Darlene"

Later, I learned that "Annie" was a corruption of "Auntie" and at that time, I decided to keep calling them that, because I liked it.

Anon
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I believed that when you get older, you change names. That's prolly because in our language some names are now rarely used (I thought they're old man names, since I didn't know any kid with such name) and the currently common ones are "kid ones". For example, when Billy grows to John's age, he will be renamed to John and John will be renamed to something else. Since Billy sounds "childish".

Anon
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I thought that when you became an adult you had to change your name to a more adult sounding name. My dad's name is Leonard, and I couldn't see how any child could possibly have that name. I believed this probably until I actually asked my dad what his old name was. And then my brother Leonard Jr. was born.

Julianne
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i believed that our neighbour's name was 'whatchamacallit' because my dad always referred to him so, forgetting his actual name.

you can imagine my confusion when he referred so someone else as 'whatchamacallit'.

sweetfreak
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I have had many surgeries over the first ten years of my life. I am now eighteen. My neurologist's name was Dr. Grant. I never knew his first name but when I was younger I assumed his name was Ulysses because of the Ulysses S grant in history. I asked my mom when I was six if it was the same guy. I was shocked to find out that he wasn't.

Anon
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i used to think that Ellen Degeneres was called Ellen the generous

Kelly
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When I was 5 my cousin told me a story about his friend, Ryan Jackson. I dont know what the story was about because before he could finish I asked if Ryan was related to Michael Jackson. When my cousin said no, we got into an argument because I thought no one in the world could have the same last name unless they were related.

abman
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My parents names are Mary and Gary. So when I was little I thought everyone in the worlds parents were named Mary and Gary. Maybe because they rhymed? I dont know!

Sara
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I used to believe that Barry Goldwater was a magical man because his name Goldwater conjured up images of him sparkling and wonderful. I later learned he was a terrible politician.

daniesza
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when i was really little i thought that if you had twins, you had to give them the same name!

i also had two friends who shared the same birthday, so i was certain that that meant they were cousins!

Anon
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