I live in the USA. My father was a surgeon who was well known in an area of about one hundred miles in any direction from my very small hometown. Owing to our unusual surname, I was forever meeting people who would ask, "Oh, your name is 'Doe?' Are you related to Dr. 'John Doe,' the surgeon?" This occurred from early childhood onward. When I was in my thirties, I moved eight-hundred miles away to a new part of the country. I was there several months when I thought, This is one place where I'll never be asked that old, familiar question.