31 Oct 2010
A sheynen dank! I have always entertained the harmless conceit that my name might be of Iberian origin, Blasco having been fairly common among the sephardim.
1 Nov 2010
- and just to add to the fun, one of the accepted pronunciations (BBC Pronouncing Dictionary, 1971) of Featherstonehaugh is 'fan-shaw'!
6 Nov 2010
I'm reminded of British poet John Betjeman, who wrote, mournfully abut "that fateful t-j-e ...", and was ragged by fellow-schoolboys (this was in WW1) "Betjeman's a German spie! Shoot him down and let him die!", but was told by his mother "You're English on your mother's side, John ... oh happy, happy browns and robinsons!" We, in Britain, often assume that the US is very accustomed to its European personal names, more so than us - but we, increasingly, have Asian ones amongst our neighbours, and the most common forename is now Mohammed.
15 Nov 2010
Norman, I will truly feel our family has arrived in Armerica after over 100 years when my grandson changes his name back to Davidovic from Davis.
Bea Davis Fowler
PS: ;Don't go by my name. I married it.
25 Nov 2010
Oy vey. Tell me about it. My family name is so obscure and foreign (even in the native tongue) that I've taken to rewarding with $10 those who manage to pronounce it correctly.