How to Pronounce My Surname (once and for all)
Okay, let’s clear the air once and for all. For 40 years my last name has been butchered, sliced, diced, minced, and folded over, upside down, and inside out. I never thought it was all that hard. I mean, as far as phonics goes it’s pretty straight-forward: consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel-consonent-vowel. Three syllables.
It’s not even close in difficulty with some of those Scandinavian names like Leschyschyn or Czech names like Nasralvhrnec. Ouch!
I know the double Ls and Os throw people off and the very fact that it’s Italian conjures all kinds of pasta-sounding interpretations.
I’ve heard everything from Delisio to Dellossino to Delloosa to Dellowso to Delloski.
Seems folks can’t decide whether they want it to be Italian or Polish or Greek or Martian.
Originally, when my great-grandfather arrived here from Italy, it was spelled Dell’Osso but soon after the apostrophe was dropped and it became Dellosso. It’s not a terribly popular name but there are others in the United States who are no relation to me (at least not in modern history).
So how do you say it? “Just like it’s spelled,” I tell people, but that isn’t clear either and when they really study it. 9 out of 10 times they say De-loh-so.
And that’s okay. It ain’t right, but it’s okay. I rarely correct them anymore. It’s just a name and their so close. The actual pronunciation is with the first “o” being short as in “pop.” So it’s De-lah-so.
Do you have a last name that is constantly butchered? Do you even take the time to correct folks anymore?