Names shown as their distribution list not the person

I have a number of distribution lists, syncing with my gmail lists, in my contacts. Now when I send an email to someone, it comes up with the name of the distribution list they are part of, rather than their name. Eg if John Doe is in a distribution list called “friends”, when I type in John Doe in the “to” box, it comes up with “friends ”. quite confusing, especially as people are in more than one group.
Anyone know how I can stop this?