Famous First Names: Calling Hillary “Hillary” vs. Sen. Clinton

Kos summarizes a few blogger’s opinions on what name should be used to refer to Senator Hillary Clinton when writing about her. Some seem to think it’s disrespectful to call Hillary by her first name rather than by her title, Sen. Clinton.

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Clearly, Hillary has no problem with it, since it’s the exact branding they’re going for. In fact, given their heavy use of the first name “Hillary”, it could be argued that bloggers are doing the Clinton campaign a favor by reinforcing brand Hillary. I haven’t seen the Clinton campaign’s bumper stickers yet, but I’d be willing to bet they’ll emphasize “Hillary!” on them.

I’m with Kos on this one. Hillary’s first name has become her brand and she isn’t running from it. I see that as a benefit over Joe, Dennis, Sam, Bill, and John. The only other candidate with a powerfully unique first name is Barack, although his last name qualifies as well.

Here’s a quick brainstorm of other first-name famous folks:

  1. Brittany
  2. Elvis
  3. Goldie
  4. Gwyneth
  5. Mookie
  6. Demi
  7. Wolf
  8. Emmit
  9. Sigourney
  10. Clint
  11. Arnold
  12. Denzel
  13. Uma

Can you pair up all 13 with their last names?

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