If you have never heard of Humans of New York: it’s a photoblog that is shared online, and also a bestselling book. It details the lives of average people living in the largest city of America: New York City. Humans of New York was founded by Brandon Stanton in 2010, and has a large online media following of 12+ million likes on Facebook, and nearly 3 million followers on Instagram.
Many of the people showcased on Humans of New York have either an amazing story to tell, or pretty mundane lives: either way you learn much about the people living in New York City. One story in particular, and the response that came from it, surprised Stanton the most; it all started when he interviewed a girl named Beyonce.
Being named after the famous pop star, Beyonce described what it was like growing up with her popular name. She tells Stanton: “Sometimes I hate my name because it always draws attention to me, and I’m not a very social person. When the teacher started calling attendance I got really nervous; every time people learn my name is Beyoncé somebody starts singing ‘Single Ladies’: and of course some did. But the second day of school wasn’t too bad, because everyone knew my name.“
Within the hour of Stanton’s post the flood gates were opened, and the comments that followed were a convention of others with famous names. Everyone from Will Smith to Jennifer Lopez chimed in with feelings of empathy, and even someone named Mayo Naise added: “try being named after a condiment.”
The amount of people with famous names was a complete shock to the followers of Humans of New York, and some of them were hilarious; even former Destiny’s Child member “Kelly Rowland” popped in with: “I feel you honey!!”
As it turns out, having a famous name may not be the best thing after all. I suppose the best course of action would be to make the name you have famous, then to be born with one. At least we can all get a giggle from some of these outlandish names. The famous names that appeared had us dying of laughter: here are some of the best comments from all the single ladies that replied.