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applekisses

'Foreign' last names

Did anyone else get teased when they were young for having a 'foreign' last name?
Mine is Hungarian and although it's pretty easy to pronounce I was teased quite a bit for it.
Although the United States claims to be a 'melting pot' and people from so many different countries have come here to start anew it's still considered 'standard' for people to have names dirived from the English language.
confuse Why is that? Any theories?
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Reply #1 posted 02/10/03 8:17am

Smiley

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lol

My name is Jérôme Jérémy Paul Archibald, Klyszewski-Janas

On the Knyszewski part, in france I was "nicknamed" by a kid at school "couille en ski" (trans: nuts on skis)
He got rewarded with a bloody nose, but now I think its funny, I even called him up few yrs ago to apologize lol

The other funny thing is when i get pulled over for speeding on one of my motorcycles in Texas, I show my French passeport to the officer of peace and it reads:

noms:Klyszewski usage Klyszewski-Janas
Prenoms: Jérôme Jérémy Paul Archibald

So everytime an cop looks at it they kinda freak out or are left "mucho" puzzled and they point with finger to "Jerome" and ask "is that ur first name" and with my worstest french accent I confirm, they they point at "Archibald" and ask is that my "last" name...I confirm again...So they write on ticket Jerome Archibald (which are two """first names""")

My last name on Passeport looks so odd, they never considere it as a name, probably a code or something.

In 4 years of dashing madly through the southern US i got pulled over many times, but only "Jerome Archibald" got tickets...

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Reply #2 posted 02/10/03 8:24am

Sataninas

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Reply #3 posted 02/10/03 8:40am

ian

But in America, you're all foreigners smile Except the native Americans of course.
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Reply #4 posted 02/10/03 8:49am

applekisses

Smiley said:

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My name is Jérôme Jérémy Paul Archibald, Klyszewski-Janas

On the Knyszewski part, in france I was "nicknamed" by a kid at school "couille en ski" (trans: nuts on skis)
He got rewarded with a bloody nose, but now I think its funny, I even called him up few yrs ago to apologize lol

The other funny thing is when i get pulled over for speeding on one of my motorcycles in Texas, I show my French passeport to the officer of peace and it reads:

noms:Klyszewski usage Klyszewski-Janas
Prenoms: Jérôme Jérémy Paul Archibald

So everytime an cop looks at it they kinda freak out or are left "mucho" puzzled and they point with finger to "Jerome" and ask "is that ur first name" and with my worstest french accent I confirm, they they point at "Archibald" and ask is that my "last" name...I confirm again...So they write on ticket Jerome Archibald (which are two """first names""")

My last name on Passeport looks so odd, they never considere it as a name, probably a code or something.

In 4 years of dashing madly through the southern US i got pulled over many times, but only "Jerome Archibald" got tickets...

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Reply #5 posted 02/10/03 10:13am

XNY

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ian said:

But in America, you're all foreigners smile Except the native Americans of course.

It's funny, in the US we recognize eachother by what nationality we come from, but overseas they call us "gringo's" which I'm told means 'very good friend'.
So we got that going for ush...lol
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Reply #6 posted 02/10/03 10:28am

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My last name is Japanese, so people are constantly adding an extra -ma or taking away an -ma! You can't do that assface.

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I mean, like, where is the sun?
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Reply #7 posted 02/10/03 10:33am

Lleena

My name is foreign. Sometimes people have difficulty pronouncing it, I just correct them and it is ok. Some of the mail I get is hilarious. The way they spell my name!lol
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Reply #8 posted 02/10/03 10:34am

Natsume

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Lleena said:

My name is foreign. Sometimes people have difficulty pronouncing it, I just correct them and it is ok. Some of the mail I get is hilarious. The way they spell my name!lol

King's College e-mailed me

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I mean, like, where is the sun?
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Reply #9 posted 02/10/03 10:36am

Lleena

Natsume said:

Lleena said:

My name is foreign. Sometimes people have difficulty pronouncing it, I just correct them and it is ok. Some of the mail I get is hilarious. The way they spell my name!lol

King's College e-mailed me

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Do you have a place at Kings Nat?

You are going to love London. woot!
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Reply #10 posted 02/10/03 10:36am

Anji

Natsume said:

Lleena said:

My name is foreign. Sometimes people have difficulty pronouncing it, I just correct them and it is ok. Some of the mail I get is hilarious. The way they spell my name!lol

King's College e-mailed me

eek


woot!
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Reply #11 posted 02/10/03 10:42am

Natsume

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Lleena said:

Natsume said:

Lleena said:

My name is foreign. Sometimes people have difficulty pronouncing it, I just correct them and it is ok. Some of the mail I get is hilarious. The way they spell my name!lol

King's College e-mailed me

eek



Do you have a place at Kings Nat?

You are going to love London. woot!

No... they want an updated transcript. I have to have a 3.5 GPA for the lit major there, and right now I have a 3.58 with 4 more quarters to keep it up. We'll see if I can do it.

The narrative eval I received from a class last quarter really fucked me up. It's cruel and inaccurate. I'm going to see if I can fight it. (The whole class was based on one fucking paper, and it was a shitty class anyway. I only took it because every other fucking class was full.)

"Chose a broad and highly generalized topic, hardly suited to a short treatment. As a result, the argument suffers from lack of depth and insufficient documentation of the main points."

ASSHOLE. If he keeps me from London I'm going to kick his ass.

(Sorry for threadjacking apples... I am just very pissed at the moment.)
I mean, like, where is the sun?
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Reply #12 posted 02/10/03 11:12am

Lleena

Has it been marked by an external moderator? I am sure you will do it Natsume. hug Keep your chin up! woot!

One of My Art lecturers is an annoying chinless wonder. mad

He kept saying: BUT IS THAT ART? Obviously his definition of art and mine are not the same. I said: Yes it is art, now shaddup. lol


Well I didn't tell him to shuttup but you know what I mean. I can sympathise !
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Reply #13 posted 02/10/03 12:26pm

xenon

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Natsume said:

Lleena said:

Natsume said:

Lleena said:

My name is foreign. Sometimes people have difficulty pronouncing it, I just correct them and it is ok. Some of the mail I get is hilarious. The way they spell my name!lol

King's College e-mailed me

eek



Do you have a place at Kings Nat?

You are going to love London. woot!

No... they want an updated transcript. I have to have a 3.5 GPA for the lit major there, and right now I have a 3.58 with 4 more quarters to keep it up. We'll see if I can do it.

The narrative eval I received from a class last quarter really fucked me up. It's cruel and inaccurate. I'm going to see if I can fight it. (The whole class was based on one fucking paper, and it was a shitty class anyway. I only took it because every other fucking class was full.)

"Chose a broad and highly generalized topic, hardly suited to a short treatment. As a result, the argument suffers from lack of depth and insufficient documentation of the main points."

ASSHOLE. If he keeps me from London I'm going to kick his ass.

(Sorry for threadjacking apples... I am just very pissed at the moment.)



I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you.

You're gonna love London. smile
Some people are like Slinkies...

They're good for nothing but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs.
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Reply #14 posted 02/10/03 12:53pm

2the9s

Lleena said:

My name is foreign. Sometimes people have difficulty pronouncing it, I just correct them and it is ok. Some of the mail I get is hilarious. The way they spell my name!lol


Now that's unfortunate. I know your real name Lleena, and frankly I don't know how anyone could possibly mispronounce "Slappy McGee." That's a beautiful mellifluous name...

And the wind whispered Slappy McGee...

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Reply #15 posted 02/10/03 12:55pm

2the9s

Natsume said:

Lleena said:

My name is foreign. Sometimes people have difficulty pronouncing it, I just correct them and it is ok. Some of the mail I get is hilarious. The way they spell my name!lol

King's College e-mailed me

eek


Cool Nat!
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Reply #16 posted 02/10/03 2:09pm

Supernova

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applekisses said:

Did anyone else get teased when they were young for having a 'foreign' last name?
Mine is Hungarian and although it's pretty easy to pronounce I was teased quite a bit for it.
Although the United States claims to be a 'melting pot' and people from so many different countries have come here to start anew it's still considered 'standard' for people to have names dirived from the English language.
confuse Why is that? Any theories?

My last name is German, and the second half of its spelling has changed over several generations. But its pronunciation is of course the same, and I was born in the states. I never got teased about, but my better half actually giggled when I told him what it was the first time. Can you believe that shit??? evil

To answer your second question; maybe some Americans expect others to have English derived names because they seem to subconsciously expect the assimilation process to make everyone 100% Americanized in every facet. no no no! 'Tis not to be.
This post not for the wimp contingent. All whiny wusses avert your eyes.
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Reply #17 posted 02/10/03 2:11pm

Lleena

Supernova said:

applekisses said:

Did anyone else get teased when they were young for having a 'foreign' last name?
Mine is Hungarian and although it's pretty easy to pronounce I was teased quite a bit for it.
Although the United States claims to be a 'melting pot' and people from so many different countries have come here to start anew it's still considered 'standard' for people to have names dirived from the English language.
confuse Why is that? Any theories?

My last name is German, and the second half of its spelling has changed over several generations. But its pronunciation is of course the same, and I was born in the states. I never got teased about, but my better half actually giggled when I told him what it was the first time. Can you believe that shit??? evil

To answer your second question; maybe some Americans expect others to have English derived names because they seem to subconsciously expect the assimilation process to make everyone 100% Americanized in every facet. no no no! 'Tis not to be.


Great post Yvette! big grin
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Reply #18 posted 02/10/03 2:13pm

Supernova

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Lleena said:

Supernova said:

applekisses said:

Did anyone else get teased when they were young for having a 'foreign' last name?
Mine is Hungarian and although it's pretty easy to pronounce I was teased quite a bit for it.
Although the United States claims to be a 'melting pot' and people from so many different countries have come here to start anew it's still considered 'standard' for people to have names dirived from the English language.
confuse Why is that? Any theories?

My last name is German, and the second half of its spelling has changed over several generations. But its pronunciation is of course the same, and I was born in the states. I never got teased about, but my better half actually giggled when I told him what it was the first time. Can you believe that shit??? evil

To answer your second question; maybe some Americans expect others to have English derived names because they seem to subconsciously expect the assimilation process to make everyone 100% Americanized in every facet. no no no! 'Tis not to be.


Great post Yvette! big grin

Bzzztt! Not quite, Lleena, my English friend. biggrin
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Reply #19 posted 02/10/03 2:15pm

XNY

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My name is Butthole McGuillakutty, so yes it is a bit foreign and people do make fun of it.
Bastards!
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Reply #20 posted 02/10/03 3:40pm

Natsume

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Lleena said:

Has it been marked by an external moderator? I am sure you will do it Natsume. hug Keep your chin up! woot!

One of My Art lecturers is an annoying chinless wonder. mad

He kept saying: BUT IS THAT ART? Obviously his definition of art and mine are not the same. I said: Yes it is art, now shaddup. lol


Well I didn't tell him to shuttup but you know what I mean. I can sympathise !

annoying chinless wonder... LMAO

I hope to make it over to London, I really do. Fuck America! flip u



mr.green

Ahem. Anyway.

I will keep everyone updated.
I mean, like, where is the sun?
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Reply #21 posted 02/10/03 3:42pm

ian

Fingers crossed for ya Natsume, hope to see you in London real soon (you'll have to drop up to Scotland and visit us, my missus will do some Japanese food smile)
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Reply #22 posted 02/10/03 3:47pm

Natsume

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ian said:

Fingers crossed for ya Natsume, hope to see you in London real soon (you'll have to drop up to Scotland and visit us, my missus will do some Japanese food smile)

yay! yay! yay!

Thanks ian!

You would not believe the lack of good Japanese food here in Santa Cruz. The stuff they have is only mediocre and expensive. ill

I'm planning on hitting all the other countries while I'm up (goo, still doing Paris?) so I hope to see the lot of you while I'm up there.

Because I am going, goddamnit.
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Reply #23 posted 02/10/03 7:23pm

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XNY said:

ian said:

But in America, you're all foreigners smile Except the native Americans of course.

It's funny, in the US we recognize eachother by what nationality we come from, but overseas they call us "gringo's" which I'm told means 'very good friend'.
So we got that going for ush...lol

Surrre. biggrin
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Reply #24 posted 02/10/03 7:30pm

XNY

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Supernova said:

XNY said:

ian said:

But in America, you're all foreigners smile Except the native Americans of course.

It's funny, in the US we recognize eachother by what nationality we come from, but overseas they call us "gringo's" which I'm told means 'very good friend'.
So we got that going for ush...lol

Surrre. biggrin
You just wish you had as many good friends as I do. wink
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Reply #25 posted 02/10/03 7:55pm

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It's cool having a name that's different from the mainstream cuz what maybe a common name elsewhere may possibly be quite unique here and further distinguish you. No one has EVER forgotten my name after meeting me, but I can't seem to remember the Beckys, Sues, Marys, Johns, Toms, etc.
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Reply #26 posted 02/10/03 7:57pm

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Reply #27 posted 02/10/03 8:44pm

AzureStar

No one has ever pronounced my last name correctly. I have heard some crazy variations... people usually go for one particular way to pronounce it, which is actually quite funny to me.
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Reply #28 posted 02/10/03 8:52pm

Christopher

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i was named after a soap opera guy///they have such long names..
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Reply #29 posted 02/10/03 9:11pm

PurpleJedi

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XNY said:

ian said:

But in America, you're all foreigners smile Except the native Americans of course.

It's funny, in the US we recognize eachother by what nationality we come from, but overseas they call us "gringo's" which I'm told means 'very good friend'.
So we got that going for ush...lol



...my last name is hispanic, and since the Spanish invaded America 200 years before the English did, then I guess it's not really "foreign". lol

BTW - in case you're ever on Jeopardy - the origin of the word GRINGO comes from the war with Mexico. When the US invaded Mexico, the people on the streets would shout at the troops, (refering to the color of their uniforms); "Green Go Home! Green Go Home!"

Funny...now it's the Americans telling the Mexicans to go home!
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