But I feel the need to say something.
I’ve noticed that there have been quite a few people having trouble getting my name right. No big deal, but it doesn’t seem that difficult to me. First let me tell you where my name came from. My Great-Grandfather’s name was John. We called him Papa John, and he was around before the pizza guy. I had the opportunity to meet this wonderful man, before he died, around 1996 or so. He was still going strong. Anyway, I was supposed to be a “John”. I think this was decided sometime before I was born. On the day I was born my Muddah was laying there, in the hospital, thinking about my name. John, John, John. On a whim she decided that she didn’t want me named after a bathroom – Where’s the John? But she still wanted to name me after my Great-Grandfather so she decided on Jonathan.
It’s a good name, but I didn’t always thinks so. When I was younger I thought it sounded childish, for some reason. There aren’t that many people, that I know of, named Jonathan. Later on when I saw a Jonathan I felt proud to have this name. I think the first time I saw this was on an episode of Jeopardy. He won too, so what does that say about me? As I got older I turned more and more to being called Jon. People would ask which I preferred and I would say “depends whether or not my mom is around.” For a while she was pretty adamant that I was Jonathan, not Jon. Now she calls me P.D. so it doesn’t make much difference anymore. So, as you can imagine there has ended up being some Jon or John confusion. I tell people that there is no reason to waste that “H” on me. We have to conserve all we can, any way we can. Am I right?
I wanted to show some famous Jon’s, to see if it would make it easier for everyone to remember.
Jon HammWell known actor for his role on Mad Men. Before getting into acting he was an eighth grade acting teacher for his Alma Mater, here in Missouri. Given name – Jonathan Daniel Hamm.
Jon JayMajor League Baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals. Over his three-year, professional, career he has averaged over .300. He is originally from Florida, as am I. Given name – Jonathan Henry Jay.
Jon VoightAcademy Award winning actor known for films like Deliverance, Varsity Blues, Mission: Impossible, The Five People You Meet In Heaven, and he even played Pope John Paul II in a TV mini series. Given name – Jonathan Vincent Voight.
Jon FavreauWell known actor and director. Movies he’s acted in include Rudy, Swingers, Daredevil, and Iron Man. Movies he’s directed include Zathura, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Cowboys and Aliens. Given name – Jonathan Kolia Favreau.
As you can see all of these Jonathan’s go by Jon. Other nick names for Jonathan have been listed as Jonny, Nathan and Jo-Nathan. You can call me Jonny IF you have my permission.
Do you have trouble with people getting your name right?