April 20, 2005

I Don't Think This is Politically Correct

The weather is gorgeous here so my parents have taken to having breakfast and lunch on the back porch. After the kids got out of school, we gathered around the porch table talking and carrying on, while I finished binding the edges of the quilt.

At some point something came up about Son#2’s girlfriend, so he broke out last year’s yearbook to show a picture.

That’s when The Great Omnipotent One made up his new game. He opened the book and started to read telling the boys, “I’ll read a name and you tell me whether it is Italian or Irish.”

Heh. I think I said my kids go to a small Catholic School. My husband is 100% Italian, his grandparents immigrating over so our last name leaves no question as to his heritage. (To see him leaves no question either as he resembles Al Pacino from Godfather Part I.)

It was just really funny. I’m of course making these names up, but they are damn close, so you can see what he was selecting. He wasn’t picking names like ‘Robert White’, leaving the kids puzzled.

Seamus O’Malley
Sean Murphy
Guliano Conforti
Antonio Russo

Most of the kids in the school are in fact, of Irish heritage. I’m wondering if this is going to be a new car travel game. “Mom, mom, mom, mom, I’m going to make up a name and you tell me if it sounds Irish or Italian.”

In so many cases, it appares to be all about the placement of that 'O'...

Posted by Boudicca at April 20, 2005 11:20 PM

That's funny. At my grandfather's funeral, I counted no less than seven men called Sean Murphy.

Reminds me of the wedding in "Goodfellas", where they all have the same name, and their wives are all called "Marie"!

Posted by: Sally at April 21, 2005 05:43 AM

Sally, Oh yeah, the Italian families are big into that. We were watching, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding' where the name of the family was 'Nick'. Everyone was Nick. I leaned over to my spouse and said, "Hunh. I thought it was just yours with this everyone has the same name thing." In his family it's 'Daniel'.

Posted by: Boudicca at April 21, 2005 07:05 AM

I've played that name game before. Especially during school programs.

Posted by: Contagion at April 21, 2005 08:33 AM


One of my good friends went to an all-girls Catholic highschool, and was looking at her yearbook recently and discovered that she was one of only 3 or 4 girls out of a class of nearly 100 who didn't have Marie as a middle or first name (most of them were Firstname Marie Lastname, though...)

It's easy with Armenian names. They all end in -ian or -yan and have lots of hard consonants.

Posted by: caltechgirl at April 21, 2005 01:52 PM

Well when I flip through the book, a lot of names either begin with O, like O'Malley, O'Connor, etc. or END with O, Russo, Lamberto...

There aren't a lot of kids with the same names although David and John are very popular.

Posted by: Bou at April 21, 2005 11:29 PM