Whenever I introduce myself to someone I’ve never met before, this tends to be the usual reply, “Never trust a man with two first names.”

What does this mean…?

Why would you say some thing like this to a complete stranger? I’m still trying to figure it out.

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My last name is Mike, first name David. This has been a source of confusion for people, my entire life. What kind of person has Mike for a last name anyways?

It’s extremely unique and kind of weird.

When asked what ethnic background Mike is, I give them the back story.



Great-Grandpa Mike

My Great-Grandfather, Giuseppe Antonio Michele, made the decision to leave Italy to make a better life for himself here in America.

As is the case with many immigrants, the agent who processed him either could not understand his accent, or just wanted to Americanize his name and changed it to, Joseph Anthony Mike.

His decision to move here, not only increased our family’s quality of life but, also gave us the opportunity to play the name game.

When I was younger I told people that our last name was really Skullnelly. Mike was just the last name given to us when we entered the witness relocation program. There’s just no way Mike just could be a REAL last name.

To date, I’m not sure anyone ever actually believed me.

If you see the picture of me in my youth, you’ll understand that I needed all the cool points I could get.



David “Skullnelly” Mike

Over the phone, when asked for my last name, and I say Mike, the usual response on the other end is, “I said your LAAAAST name.”

After reassuring them that I understand questions presented to me in English, the usual comeback is, “Then how do you spell that?”


And those poor telemarketers that ask, “May I please speak to Mr. Mike David?”

“Well sorry, he doesn’t live here.”


Private First Class Mike

During Basic Training the object is to avoid pain, suffering and humiliation from the Drill Sergeants.

Your main goal is to blend in and not get singled out for any reason, from all the other shaved head, camouflage wearing individuals.

No luck for me in that department… “Hey… you… two first names, get over here…”

One of my favorite comments from my fellow soldiers was, “Why do you get to have your first name on your uniform?”

At my current job as a Cosmetology Instructor, I go by Mr. Mike.

It seems as if the Mr. part just gets dropped off after a while by our regular clients.

It is just, “Hey, Mike!” , “Isn’t that right, Mike?” or “Go get Mike, he knows how I like my hair cut.”

After finding out that my first name is David, they usually say, “You don’t look like a David, you look like a Mike!”

Well I am technically, sort of ish.

Fortunately for my three daughters, the Mike girls will not have the last name curse follow them after they get married.

Unless they make the guy change his last name to Mike, or what if his first name is Mike?

I really do like my last name and after many years I am used to all the comments.

This is a good thing, because they will probably never stop.

By the way, you CAN trust me.

My middle name is Charles which triples out the two first name thing…

Is anyone else out there with me?

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David Mike is a Christ follower, husband, father, author and Cosmetology Instructor in Omaha, NE. David blogs to share humorous life events and also tell the story of the 3 years spent in the U.S. Army’s Prison, Ft. Leavenworth, sharing the message that we do not have to be defined by our past and that God can use our kind of mess for good.

To read David’s story, click the book title below.

Dishonor: One Soldier’s Journey from Desertion to Redemption

Originally published at dilemmamike.com

David Mike

Christian, Husband, Father, Cosmetology Instructor, Author of Dishonor: One Soldier’s Journey from Desertion to Redemption.

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