My name isn't unique or even unusual. Search Google and you'll find other Leslie Wilcoxes--a prolific artist, a public relations executive--and the one who proclaims "I am a 20-year-old hottie from Houston, Tx!" http://www.spock.com/Leslie-Wilcox--P6r61NFN I don't get mistaken for any of them, especially the hottie.
My younger brother is in a very different situation. He's got the same name as a notorious pedophile. When my brother goes through various clearance checks, he has to steel himself for wrongful assumptions and nasty looks. Posted on the web are the pedophile's reputed letters, explaining how he trolls for victims and exploits the trusting nature of their parents.
My brother is a wonderful guy with great integrity and he's very good at negotiating difficult situations. But it must get to him, seeing a checker's eyes open with shock, then narrow with suspicion and judgement. He followed his career out-of-state years ago. When his old friends from Aina Haina Elementary, Niu Valley Middle, Kalani High and the UH Manoa search the web to catch up with him, do they wonder if that's him? It is most assuredly not.
I have a Honolulu friend who has the same name, place of birth, age, and middle initial as a woman who has a bad credit history. When my friend applies for a job or financing, she always gives a heads-up about the other person who'll turn up in name searches. She can't count the number of misunderstandings which have worked against her.
What's in a name? Sometimes...unwanted and even repugnant associations.
But if you mistake me for a 20-year-old hottie, no problem.