Why Thatedeguy?

I received a comment on my domain name the other day and it dawned on me that in the nearly 3 years that I’ve been blogging away here I’ve never explained why I chose the domain that I did.

The story actually goes back to my Freshman year at college.  I was a football (american) player.  At the beginning of each season/year all the players would have their last name taped to the front of their helmet to facilitate the learning of each others names and also so the coaches would know what name to yell at when a player screwed up.

So, naturally, I became known as Ede.  Let me digress for a minute here.  The surname Ede has been traced to County Suffolk in England.  It’s an English name. ( I should note that wikipedia claims that it’s a hungarian given name, but all the examples they have are people from England…) Why do you all have such trouble prounouncing it?  Ok, back to the story.

Because I was then known as Ede, I was often introduced as Ede.  On several occasions, as a result, I overheard people asking who I was and the person who responded would simply reply “that ede guy”.  So, a nickname was born.  It’s more of my own creation that anything as most still simply call me Ede, but I embraced the indifference of “that ede guy” and ran with it.

So, now you know why I use Thatedeguy.com instead of Shaneede.com (which I also own).

About Shane Ede

Shane Ede is an IT guy by day and a Entrepreneurial Blogger by night. You can follow him here on Thatedeguy or over on Twitter and Google+.


  1. Interesting…I never put much effort into figuring it out, but my brain does parse it as a the slightly easier to understand, if nonsensical, “that date guy.”

    Now I know!

  2. When I first visited your blog I was also a bit confused by the title (had no idea that Ede was your surname). Went to online dictionary for translation and got some funny results like “External Debt Exchange”:)

    My sincere respect to you for “I embraced the indifference of ‘that ede guy'”… I would probably get offended by such introduction… wise person you are…

  3. Interesting. Sometimes interesting domain name keeps people thinking and eventually became something easy to remember.