Today’s name interview is with Vincenza, a 29-year-old from Northern Virginia.
What’s the story behind her name?
My name is a skip-generational name, I was named after my maternal grandmother, who was named after her grandmother. The originator was one of a set of orphaned twins. Apparently people were very creative with names in Sicily back then because she was Vincenza and he Vincenzo. Family rumor has it that she traveled to the US with his documentation (he had passed away). But mostly, according to my mom, I was given the name because “it was pretty.”
What does she like most about her name?
I love the sound of it. I like the fact that it’s not very common, but it’s relatively accessible as most people have heard the masculine form at one time or another. It can really be an icebreaker.
(She’s right about the name not being common. Only about a dozen baby girls are named Vincenza every year in the U.S.)
What does she like least about her name?
I dislike the fact that there are so many people who simply cannot pronounce it, even after I have done so for them. I really don’t understand why this is, unless the Italian spelling has tied their brain in knots when they’ve tried for the “ch” sound in the middle. I usually go by Vincy, largely due to this pronunciation problem. I don’t think it’s worth the hassle of correcting and instructing, and the diminutive was what I used when I was younger. Vincy comes with issues, too, actually. I believe there are people out there who still think my name is Lindsay…
Finally, would Vincenza recommend that her name be given to babies today?
I honestly believe that babies should be given the name Vincenza if their parents feel inclined. I have an automatic discussion point when it comes to strangers (this includes job interviews), and I’ve found it helps build rapport to discuss something as deeply personal as a name. Of course, I could just be partial…
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