Why does this family have that last name?
January 3, 2008 2:53 PM Subscribe
Bizarre curiosity: This family appears to be Asian. Their surname is Irish. What's the deal?
posted by Ruby Doomsday to society & culture (26 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I realize the only way to know for sure is to ask them, but I don't know them well at all, and don't really have a good reason for wanting to know the origin of their last name. Curiosity, that's all.
I know there are a billion reasons why people have the names they do, but this one strikes me as particularly unusual since both the mother and father appear to be of Asian descent. I haven't heard them speak any language other than English and don't have any other clues as to what specific nationality they might be. The parents have pretty common American names (ie, John, Mary) and the grown kids have more modern American names (ie, Brittany, Zack).
I am honestly just curious as to whether there's a cultural history that I don't know.
Any general ideas on why an Asian family might have an Irish name? Or is this more likely something specific to this family's history?