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.


  1. Pierce R. Butler says

    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. Al Dente says

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

  3. trou says

    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.

  4. sc_770d159609e0f8deaa72849e3731a29d says

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

  5. Reginald Selkirk says

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

  6. Reginald Selkirk says

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

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