I have only had one previous job before my current job. In my time there, I worked under one boss and I got their permission to add them as a reference to my CV.
The boss has the exact same name as me. We are not related.
My worry is, I have had a handful of recruiters suggest that potential employers might view this as odd. They ask me can I use a different reference or short-hand the first name, e.g. change Patrick to Pat. One suggested to put 'not related' inside brackets beside the name.
Is it OK to leave the reference written as is, or should I heed the recruiter's advice?