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  • I'm Twain. This is a picture of my mom and I at my 24th birthday a few years ago. When I was born, an aunt suggested that i be named after Mark Twain, who they were fond of, and my parents, for lack of better options, thought it was a good suggestion. However, they didn't want a name like Mark, saying it was too common. They wanted a unique name, so they swapped the names around and named me Twain Mark Taylor.

    I always have a tough time introducing myself to people in India, where I live, as most of us haven't heard of Mark Twain, and they find my name quite amusing. It takes most of them a couple of interactions to finally get the pronunciation of my name right, but they would never forget that it's a weird, rare name that always makes them giggle the first few times they try saying it.
    I sometimes wish my name was easier to learn, or that more Indians knew who Mark Twain was, but I'm glad I have a name with many stories about how it came to be, and the endless variations people keep coming up with.
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