19 May 2016

Immigration and Family names and heritage are surprises

Boris Johnson.
Boris Johnson poses for a selfiePHOTO: Boris Johnson's family name was originally Kemal, his British-born grandfather, Osman Kemal, the son of the Turkish poet, politician and exile Ali Kemal Bey. (AFP: Ben Stansall)
That's right: the posh, blond Johnson's WASPish family name was originally Kemal. His British-born grandfather, Osman Kemal, the son of the Turkish poet, politician and exile Ali Kemal Bey, changed his name to Wilfred Johnson before marrying into the British establishment
In the same way Joe Hockey's Palestinian-born Armenian father Richardchanged the family name from Hokeidonian to a more Anglicised surname.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Featured post

Frightening step towards a police state and we we are blindly letting it happen in the name of security.

The book is by veteran journalist Brian Toohey, and reflects his half century of writing about defence and national security issues. To...