I had always wondered how someone wound up with the surname of state. Now I know better.
Alan Alda was born Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo. His last name is a contraction of the first two letters his real first and last names.
Back in their heyday, there was a commercial featuring Joe Montana and Dan Marino. Apparently, it didn’t identify them as football players. My parents, who are both of Italian descent, were watching TV together when it came on. My mom turned to my dad in surprise and said, “Wow, they chose two Italian guys for this commercial!” My father got a good laugh out of that.