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He named each of his three sons Lawrence – but all with different middle names. Asked to explain that move he reportedly said: "First of all, it was ego. And secondly, I wanted to screw up the social security system."


  1. JuliaM says:

    Great anecdote!

  2. Lynne says:

    Pure class!

  3. Sam Duncan says:

    I have a friend who lives with her mother and shares her name: first, middle and (obviously) surname all identical. I’m too polite to ask whatever posessed her parents, but there it is. She usually goes by her middle name to avoid too much confusion, and it doesn’t screw up NI because it goes by numbers, but I’m told they take it in turns to do jury duty.

  4. Slamlander says:

    I personally knew a family that did just this; all the males were given the same name, not even differing in the middles name. I had met one of the brithers in California. I met more of them in Austin. They are in their fourth generation right now. I have personally met seven of them. This was in the early 90′s and their patriarch was born in the 30′s. They routinely swap social security numbers at their own convenience.

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