Last night I watched a TV show that starred actors with the last names of “Belcher,” “Butz,” and “Weiner” and it got me thinking about last names.
the “odd” in my title isn’t really the right descriptor, but I couldn’t think of a better one.
For example, IRL I grew up with a family named “Horr” (they insisted it was pronounced “Oar,” but everyone called them “Whore”). Another family had the last name of Puba (“Pew-ba” – you know what these kids were called!) I’ve always wondered why, at some point in the lineage, someone didn’t change the name.
On the other hand, maybe it’s just not a big deal for some folks and a name’s a name/it’s important to keep one’s heritage. I have a Scots-Irish name that’s a bit unusual, but doesn’t lend itself to teasing.