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The Debut of Delvecchio

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On the short-lived TV series Delvecchio, Los Angeles police detective Dominick Delvecchio (played by Judd Hirsch) was a cop who aspired to be a lawyer. (He’d graduated from law school, but hadn’t managed to pass the bar exam yet.) This made him more complex than the average TV detective of the era:

“What you have in Delvecchio is basically a schizoid personality. A cop is trained to assume guilt. A lawyer is trained to assume innocence and we have both of those things in the same guy. […] For that reason we have always built situations for Delvecchio where he is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. […] So he lies to his bosses, he occasionally bends police procedure. He gets personally involved.”

Though the show was only on the air for a single season (1976-1977), it had a relatively strong impact on baby names.

The name Delvecchio was the top boy-name debut of 1976:

  • 1978: unlisted
  • 1977: 44 baby boys named Delvecchio
  • 1976: 27 baby boys named Delvecchio [debut]
  • 1975: unlisted

And the surname of Delvecchio’s partner/sidekick, detective Paul Shonski (played by Charles Haid), was a one-hit wonder in the data the next year:

  • 1978: unlisted
  • 1977: 5 baby boys named Shonski [debut]
  • 1976: unlisted
  • 1975: unlisted

I haven’t been able to figure out the etymology of Shonski, but the Italian surname Delvecchio is easy: del means “of the” or “from the,” and vecchio means “old” or “mature.” So one original usage would have been to denote the son or servant of an older man. The name was also “taken by various Jewish families long established in Italy (allegedly since the capture of Jerusalem by the Romans in AD 70) to distinguish themselves from later arrivals who migrated there on being expelled from the Iberian Peninsula after 1492.”

What are your thoughts on Delvecchio and Shonski as first names?

Sources:

  • Vanocur, Sander. “A Non-Requiem for a Heavyweight.” Washington Post 27 Feb. 1977.
  • Hanks, Patrick. (Ed.) Dictionary of American Family Names. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Older Siblings Vote for Baby’s Name

In early 1965, Marius and Anne Spada of Towaco, New Jersey, welcomed a baby boy — their 16th child. They didn’t give him a name, though. They had their older children vote on his name, pursuant to family tradition.

Of the 15 older children, 13 took part in the election. They were Anselm (19), Marie (18), Lucille (16), James (15), Jennifer (14), Victoria (13), twins Larry and Laurie (12), Patrick (9), Nicholas (8), Annette (7), Teresa (5) and Christopher (4). The two not taking part were Joseph (17) and Marius Jr. (2). Joseph was away on Army duty, and Marius Jr. was considered too young.

The parents had no say in the balloting. “We leave it entirely up to them,” Marius Sr. (44) told the papers. “I used to be able to sway the election, but I guess I’m too old now politically to carry much weight.”

The winning name was Dominick, with 11 votes. Marius Sr. explained that the name was inspired by “a priest, Father Dominick, who’s a friend of the family.” Runners-up were John and Anthony, with 1 vote each.

Source: “‘Decision of Lifetime’ Made by Youngsters.” Spokane Daily Chronicle 20 Jan. 1965: 27.

Name Your Munchkin after a Munchkin?

If you’re a huge Oz fan — or just a fan of old-fashioned names generally — here’s a list of (most of) the people who played Munchkins in the legendary 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz”:

Male Female
Adam
Albert
Arnold
August
Bela
Bernard
Billy (2)
Carl (2)
Carlos
Charles (4)
Charley
Clarence
Colonel
Dominick
Eddie
Elmer
Emil
Eugene
Eulie
Frank (3)
Franklin
Franz
Fredreich
Garland
George (2)
Gerard
Gus
Harry
Harvey
Henry
Howard
Jack
Jakob (2)
James (2)
Jimmie
Jessie
John (2)
Johnny (3)
Joseph (2)
Karl
Kurt
Lajos
Leon
Lewis
Matjus
Matthew
Meinhardt
Mickey
Murray
Nels
Nicholas
Parnell
Prince
Robert
Sandor
Theodore
Tommy
Victor
Walter
Willi
William (2)
Addie
Alta
Ann
Betty (2)
Carolyn
Charlotte
Christie
Dolly
Donna
Elizabeth
Elly
Elsie
Emma
Ethel
Eva
Fern
Freda
Frieda
Gertrude
Gladys (2)
Gracie
Hazel (2)
Helen (2)
Hilda (2)
Hildred
Jeane
Joan
Josefine
Leona
Lida
Lillian
Margaret (3)
Marguerite
Marie
Mitzi
Nita
Nona
Olga
Patsy
Priscilla
Ruth (2)
Shirley
Stella
Thaisa
Valerie
Viola
Yvonne

While the majority of the 132 Munchkins in the film were played by little people, a handful of the female Munchkins were actually played by child actresses.

Source: The Wizardry of Oz by Jay Scarfone and William Stillman, via Kansas Wizard of Oz ‘N More.