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As a young child (maybe around 8) in the 90's I had a teenage cousin named Tonya with frizzy blonde hair that lived in Oregon. I didn't know much about her other than that. From watching TV, I became convinced that my cousin was actually Tonya Harding, and that my family just never talked about it because they were too ashamed of her.

Marnie
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I used to think Henry the 8th was Henry the ape because he was big and hairy

Brooke
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When I was little i believed thet Steven Hawking was Tony Hawk's brother, therefore I thought that Steven Hawking was a skater XD

Vincent Murphy
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At my preschool there was this girl named Ally. But my teacher had a bit of an accent, so I thought her name was Owie, which is what I called cuts, bruises, scrapes, etc. I could never figure out why her parents would name her that. Poor Owie.

Anon
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I used to think Kanye West was actually Conway-West and that it was some sort of southern truck company, founded of course by Mr. Conway and Mr. West,

Anon
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I used to believe that the rapper Eminem's name was spelled M&M and anyone named Juan was spelled one.

Anon
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My name is Mira. People used to say "Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?" to me and I always thought they wanted to hang me on a wall because I was pretty or cute or something!!!

Mira
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When i was a baby, my parents called me weezer. This nickname stuck with me, but was not used very much. My dad eventally evolved the nickname into "Louise" which my dad used every once in a while. I went till the time i was about 7 thinking my middle name was louise, thinking that it had to be a middle name. My real middle name is Alan.

Jason Alan White
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My sister Jane used to believe that her parents' names were actually Mom and Dad. Jane was sad that she couldn't be a mother because her name wasn't Mom.

Boomer
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My aunt married a man named John who was of Italian decent. Somehow he got the nick name Dego and it stuck. Up until high school I thought Dego was Italian for John. I had been calling Italian people named John Dego for years thinking I was showing others how smart I was for knowing something from another language.

Anon
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I just got that Anon is short for anonymous. Like others I too thought there were a lot of people with the same name. Even after reading the title under common beliefs, I had to read other posts before I realized.

Sheila
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I used to believe that when you got married (a woman), you had to change your FIRST name. I spent hours agonizing over that and trying to come up with a new first name I liked...because I love my own name so much. LOL.

Anon
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When I was three years old and had primary school in a few months,I believed I was the only boy named Ben,then I met another boy named Ben and this like blew my mind.So I was like what's your name?and he said Ben.And I said no,that's my name.So this went on for a while until I accepted I wasn't the only Ben.To this day were great friends

Ben Murphy
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I used to think Ellen Degeneres was Ellen The Generous. I figured that even today, people could be known with cool, old-timey epithets.

Anon The Smelly
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In our family, like many others I'm sure, we have little made up words for everyday things to make it easier for the toddlers as they learn to speak and for the adults to understand.
For example,
boo-boo = a hurt or a scare, be-bette = an insect, bankie = blankie
The one that really stands out though was 'na-na' which meant food. For a 6 year old, the most logical conclusion as to why we called my step-grandmother 'Nana' was because she was always eating. :-X
(I hope she never reads this)

Caz
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When I was little, and i would hear my family talking about me, they would always say "the kid" so i assumed that was my name. Whenever I wanted anything I would say "The Kid wants food!" or "The Kid wants a hug!"

The Kid
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I used to believe the name Ashleigh was pronounced ash-lay. It's actually pronounced the same as Ashley. I didn't know until I was 10

Sally
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I used to believe that beethoven's first name was beethoven. I was proven wrong in 4th grade.

Maria
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When I was younger I had a book of poems that my parents used to read me. A few of the poems said they were written by 'anon' (anonymous) - I thought 'anon' was the name of a famous poet! A few years later my teacher asked me who my favourite poet was and I told her "Anon. I like Anon. I think he's very talented"

She had to explain to me what Anon actually meant...

0-0
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I was around 2 when my aunt started dating the man who eventually became my uncle David. He had really long, black hair (this was the early 70's) and I thought he was the neatest person. I got a doll not long after that with long black hair and I named her David. No one bothered to correct me. I got a doll for Xmas when I was 3 and I named her Yogurt Chevrolet. I thought that was the most beautiful name in the world.

Joy
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