Jon Solomon writes about an interesting pair of relatives, on MyrtleBeachOnline.com (writing for Knight Ridder).
They met a decade ago in a walkway of a New Orleans hotel, one a strapping former USFL linebacker, the other a lanky former wide receiver at Texas. That day, at the American Football Coaches Association convention, they discovered share a profession and an unusual German last name.
â€œI said, â€˜Youâ€™ve got to be related to me,â€™â€ Vic Koenning recalled. â€œHe goes, â€˜Les Koenning. I said, â€˜Vic Koenning.â€™”
They pronounce their last names differently, and this story about their great-great-grandfathers may be why:
Vicâ€™s last name is pronounced CONE-ing, while Lesâ€™ is pronounced â€œKEN-ing.â€ Lesâ€™ late grandfather explained to Vic why there was discrepancy in the pronunciations: Joe and Leslie Koenning got in a fight; one pulled a knife or gun, and they split up and started separate lives in Texas.
I’ve experienced this in my own family as well (different pronounciations), although thankfully I think it had more to do with accents than possible fights.