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RE: Family arams, OOP
> As someone who gained her mundane last name courtesy of a
> grandfather's chance meeting with an Ellis Island offical, I am
> always impressed by the stories told by people whose families
> have used a single name over many generations.
> I was born a "Brody". When my Russian grandfather was
> asked by the Irish official what his name was, he didn't quite
> understand. He pointed at the group of people he was traveling
> with and said (in Russian), "I'm with those guys from Brud."
> "Brudyah. Brody. Next!" sang out the immigration officer.
> Ianthe d'Averoigne firstname.lastname@example.org
> Kim Brody Salazar
My paternal grandfather made the trip to these shores throught he self-same
Ellis Island from Slovinia (which became part of northern Yugoslavia and is
now again Slovinia). His name was "Grm" (roll the 'r' on your tounge - in
Slovinian it means "bush"). The immigration official couldn't tolerate a
name with no vowels in it, so he became "Garm".
Could have been worse...Supposedly there's a Canadian branch of the family