What’s in a name? Surnames can be tough. Ask NY Congressman Andrew Weiner. I feel bad for some women who decide to take on their husband’s name. I knew a girl named Eileen Lipshitz. She should have been happy to lose that one. she married a guy with the surname Gross. Just as tough. Even hyphenated. Eileen Lipshitz-Gross. Yikes.
My surname is Gianturco. Not terrible, but I got teased. I heard it all. Gianjerko, Jerkinturko, Gianturkel. Heard it all. I always wanted to be called The Turk. I thought that would have been cool. I never got The Turk. I got Turkey.
Gianturco is an Italian name. Strong name. In Italian it’s pronounced JohnTorko. Strong John Torko. Do you know what that means in Italian? John Of Turkey.
Apparently, my great-great-great Grandfather Emanual Gianturco was some kind of Senator in Italy. He has his own statue in the square in some Northern Italian town. Every 25 years they have a huge celebration in his honor, complete with a street festival. I wonder if they serve turkey sandwiches.
I also recently found there is a train station in Italy called Gianturco. Now that is cool. Of course they probably pronounce it Jerkinturco. Next stop Gianjerko, Gianturkel, next stop.
Well, it’s certainly better than Eileen Lipshitz-Gross.
The Clash – What’s My Name http://youtu.be/7Shi0k27C0Y