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Saltah'na
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Apparently it is...

Ciao!!!

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Hobbes
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Wow. Only someone from Texas.

Although, correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't immigrants in the early 20th century have to change their names? Requiring a more 'Americanized' version of their name?

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WizArtist II
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quote:
Originally posted by Hobbes:

Although, correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't immigrants in the early 20th century have to change their names? Requiring a more 'Americanized' version of their name?

I don't believe it was an actual requirement but was done by some of the immigrants to simplify things for themselves. HERE is an article about that subject.

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Masao
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Christ, that woman in an idiot. But to make things easier for her walnut-sized brain, I'm going to change my name to Johnny America.

By the way, my great grandfather was a (corrupt) immigration official in San Francisco. He encouraged Chinese immigrants (in Chinese, right in front of non-Chinese speaking immigration officials) to claim they had more relatives so that more Chinese could more easily enter the US.

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Jason Abbadon
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How do you say "receeding hairline" in Chinese?

Maybe Texans should take mandatory speach therapy in school so they dont have that assinine accent and can more readily communicate with the rest of the country...

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Daniel Butler
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I was always told my grandmother, whose birth name was Ludmilla Pape┼ż, had her name changed to Mildred Papesh by immigration without really being consulted, but of course I have no idea how much truth there is to that.
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Reverend
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Probably had something to do with the immigration official not being able to spell names with diacritics.
As for that woman with the IQ of a glass of water, I can't say I'm surprised by the comment. I don't know what local government is like in the US, but over here it attracts all sorts brain damaged loonies. I remember one in particular thought it'd be an excellent idea to divert the A303 through my front garden (and demolishing several of our neighbours houses) so the tourists would have a nicer view when visiting Stonehenge.
Sanity eventually prevailed and I think it will in this case too. Indeed, if you look at her follow up statement you can see she doesn't seam able to even comprehend that she's said anything wrong.

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Christ, that woman in an idiot. But to make things easier for her walnut-sized brain, I'm going to change my name to Johnny America.
Only if I'm allowed to change my name to "Pip-Pip Jolly Ho Cricket and Crumpets". [Wink]
For the record though, my surname is Swedish (or Norwegian, I forget) in origin, my family have been in this country since Hastings (we think) and people still mispronounce and misspell the name. That's life, I care not a jot. On the up side, at least we have a very small area of Western Australia named after us. [Wink]

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TSN
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What I don't understand is : Chinese names are fairly easy, aren't they? Don't they tend to be little one-syllable affairs? If she had had a problem with, say, Japanese names, or Vietnamese names, or Thai names (oh, man), then I'd understand.

Oh, wait. To her, those probably all are "Chinese", aren't they?

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Nim
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Reverend:
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For the record though, my surname is Swedish (or Norwegian, I forget) in origin, my family have been in this country since Hastings (we think) and people still mispronounce and misspell the name.
"Reverend" seems anglosaxon enough, no? I'm sure it's even latin from the start, as well. *preens fur*
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Reverend
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Nim, sometimes I worry about you. But then I remember that I don't care. At all.

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Fabrux
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You know, I don't think I even know your last name to pronounce it correctly... it isn't Trigwell, is it?

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WizArtist II
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Reverend is changing his name to "River Tam".

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Nim
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Nim, sometimes I worry about you. But then I remember that I don't care. At all.
Huh, that was a bit dickish. For an englishman you have a poor grasp of irony. Or maybe you misunderstood, I joked about "Reverend" being all I had to go on because you went to great lengths to discuss the heritage of your name but didn't actually mention it.. Maybe you're a descendant of some of our more ambitious ancestors here. But fine then, who cares. At all.
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Reverend
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quote:
Originally posted by Nim:
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Nim, sometimes I worry about you. But then I remember that I don't care. At all.
Huh, that was a bit dickish. For an englishman you have a poor grasp of irony. Or maybe you misunderstood, I joked about "Reverend" being all I had to go on because you went to great lengths to discuss the heritage of your name but didn't actually mention it.. Maybe you're a descendant of some of our more ambitious ancestors here. But fine then, who cares. At all.
Oh don't worry, I got the irony. You seamed to have missed it though mate, so calm down. [Wink]
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Originally posted by Fabrux:
You know, I don't think I even know your last name to pronounce it correctly... it isn't Trigwell, is it?

Arh, that it be.

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The Ginger Beacon
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People have enough trouble with my dad's name. He was born in Calcutta (as was), I admit, but still, how many times can you get "Neville" wrong?

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