My name is Bridget Jones but I don’t like Daniel Cleaver or Mark Darcy
People normally assume that I would hate to share a name with the fictional and unlucky Helen Fielding character Bridget Jones, but in all honesty I love it!
With over 15 million books sold worldwide and the following films grossing around $ 656 million at the box office, there’s no doubt that most people today have heard of Bridget Jones.
But even though the first book had come out a year earlier, when I was born in 1997, my parents hadn’t.
Being a Jones is certainly not unusual, and Bridget was just a name my mom had always loved.
I was only four years old when Bridget Jones’ Diary, the movie, came out, so I can’t remember a definitive moment when I realized I now have a super famous name.
I remember kids in elementary school asking me how many newspapers I had – to which I always gave an exaggerated answer – five!
My siblings are both about 10 years older than me so I was with older kids growing up and they really liked my name.
As far as I’m concerned, it was always funny to see my name on the side of the buses before the next movie came out, and I was pretty proud that I was allowed to watch the first movie when I was seven, even if it was. noted 15.
There must be some advantages to sharing the name of the main character, right ?!
When I got to high school, many kids approached me after hearing about a new girl called Bridget Jones. At the time, I swept it aside because it wasn’t much, but since then I’ve learned that it’s nice to let people get excited by coincidence.
It’s great to share a name with a heroine who symbolizes imperfection and how important it is to be able to take life with a pinch of salt, laugh more, spend time with friends and accept who you are.
I can see how some people might find it boring having a famous name, but I find it all really funny and it’s a brilliant icebreaker. I have been fortunate enough to live and work in several European countries and it has always been a name that everyone knows.
I like to pull out my ID when people don’t believe Bridget Jones is really my name!
I don’t look much like the character and took a different career path. I recently graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a Diploma in Textile Practice, specializing in Print Design and am currently applying for jobs.
During my internship year, an employer told me that my name stood out above the rest when she was going through a stack of resumes, which will hopefully help me in my job search.
On the other hand, having a much more famous Bridget Jones makes it a bit harder for people to find my print design website. I suspect it will take a while for my designs to reach the top of a Google search!
One thing I’m used to with my name is people asking questions. The most common being, “is this really your name?”, “Do you have a diary?”, “Have you watched the movies?” Or “Mark Darcy or Daniel Cleaver?”.
I’m not a regular day laborer, but I keep a bit of a bullet journal, which I use to write down my ideas, plans, and make lists as well as to record things that happen.
However, I wrote a few diary entries when I was 7/8 about my multiple boyfriends! These are hilarious to look back on.
I can see the appeal of keeping a journal as it can help you understand your feelings and it can be a good thing to read again in the future to remind you of how you grew up.
I watched the movies and enjoyed them all and my favorite is Bridget Jones’s Baby. By the third movie, I think she accepts who she is and cares less about what other people think, plus you can’t beat a happy ending, can you?
And in response to a question from Mark Darcy or Daniel Cleaver: I don’t really find either of them attractive but I prefer the kind character of Mark Darcy.
Since my namesake is a character, not a famous person, I think it’s easier for me to get comfortable with my name. I don’t have to face the pressure of knowing that their reputation could change overnight or that they could be canceled.
I have no plans to change my nickname, I love it too much! If my name makes other people smile, it makes me smile too.
I like to think of myself as the real Bridget Jones – but without the character my life certainly wouldn’t be so fun. Thanks Helen Fielding!
You can read more about Bridget Jones here.
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