Saturday, September 06, 2008

There are TWO of us?!

Okay, this is just weird! I have a Technorati search set up on my name, so that I can check out what I'm being quoted on/accused of.

Today, I discovered that there's another Karyn Romeis in the world! This one apparently works as a manager at a company called Panera Bread in the Oklahoma City area. As if one of us wasn't enough!

Somehow, I never expected that. For a start, the spelling of my first name is rather unusual, although certainly not unique. Secondly, Romeis is not a common surname. It's German, and I came by it thanks to my Swedish husband. I know, I know. He had a German grandfather who lost all his money with the devaluation of the Mark after the first world war and fled to Sweden. Even in Germany, it's not a common name. Two unusual names together make up an even more unusual combination, and yet here's another one. In the USA of all places!

I'm pretty sure that there is a difference in the way we pronouce our shared name, though. I can't imagine what she does with the name I pronounce Rome-ACE, but I'm pretty sure she pronounces the first name to rhyme with Darren, whereas I pronounce it as if I'm talking about car insurance.

I know that Stephen Downes has a namesake, but neither of his names are that rare, so that's not entirely unexpected. I'll bet there are several Stephen Downeses out there, in fact.

This is weird.

2 comments:

Barry Sampson said...

You should try being me. I'm in competition with an architect, a chemist and a film director!

RobinYap.com said...

There's a couple of namesakes for me - one in Singapore and another closer to home who I am in acquaintance with actually. Now if I can meet everyone with my namesake, that would be cool.