Nov 04 2013

What kind of name is that?

My eye caught this news report headline that said “Incognito sent racist texts”. It sounded odd, like the headline writer had bungled badly. Surely, I thought to myself, it should read “Racist texts sent incognito” or better still “Racist texts sent anonymously”? I was intrigued enough to click the link and the story removed my confusion.

Suspended Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito sent text messages to teammate Jonathan Martin that were racist and threatening, two people familiar with the situation said Monday.

How did he acquire the name ‘Incognito’? Was his immigrant ancestor working undercover on a boat and when they landed at Ellis Island and he was asked for his name replied, “I am incognito”?

There must be an interesting story behind it.


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  1. 1
    Pierce R. Butler

    Now more than ever, Richie I needs a way to get around and not have people recognize him.

    Whatever he may try, we will find out about it only if it does not work.

  2. 2
    Al Dente

    I was talking to my cousin, Fred Anonymous, about Richie Incognito’s name. Fred pities poor Richie.

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  4. 4

    When Jonathan Martin left the team after being bullied for so long the question was who was this “unknown dick” that was doing the bullying? It turns out it was Richie Incognito.

  5. 5
    CaitieCat, getaway driver

    Ooh, I love the works of the Anonymous family. They’ve had so many famous authors!

  6. 6

    Are they any relation to Craig Noone, who plays for Cardiff City in the British Premiership?


  7. 7

    Related to the character Alias, played by Bob Dylan, in Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, perhaps? When asked “Alias what?” he answers “Alias Alias.”

  8. 8
    Kilian Hekhuis

    Apparently, it’s an Italian surname (see e.g. here: http://www.italiangenealogy.com/forum/topic21768.html).

  9. 9

    I need the *like* button for this…

  10. 10
    Reginald Selkirk

    Have you thought of critiquing some of your earlier posts? You could call it Mano a Mano.

  11. 11
    Reginald Selkirk

    It looks like Incognito will probably lose his job. Maybe they could hire Alan Smithee or George Spelvin to replace him.

  12. 12
    Crimson Clupeidae


  13. 13
    CaitieCat, getaway driver

    Spasmergracithanke! :D

    (RU/FR/ES/EN/DE portmanteau-ish gratitude word)

  14. 14
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Incognito? What a racist nobody!

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    Reginald Selkirk

    Source: Miami Dolphins coaches told Richie Incognito to ‘toughen up’ teammate Jonathan Martin

    If there is evidence of this, Martin could have grounds for a very big lawsuit against the Dolphins, not just against Incognito.

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