Subject: Angione from d'Angio
As to how d'Angio became Angione, there are at least two possible explanations.
- The most likely is the French suffix "one" which inflates the value of a word by a thousand. Hence "mille" become "millione." [When a double "o" occurs, as in our name, one "o" is dropped.]
- The suffix "one" in Italian means big. Hence a trumpet [tromba] becomes a trombone.
I prefer the first explanation in that it would be logical for Carlo d'Angio to want his opponents to believe that he had a great number of troops under his command. [On the other hand, given my present size, perhaps there is something to be said for the other possibility!]
I also learned that in Italian, the last letter of our name is pronounced "ay" as in day. The rules for Italian vowels follows:
There are five vowels, a, e, i, o and u.
- a as in cat or apple
- e before a single consonant, as ay in day. E before a double consonant, as e in get
- i as ee in feet
- o before a single consonant, as o in cone. O before a double consonant, as o in got
- u oo as in moon.
- Note that e is always pronounced, even at the end of a word. For example, the Italian town Udine is pronounced oo-dee-nay.
In French, however, the "e" would be silent as it is not accented. Thus the pronunciation of Angione, as we were instructed, is the French way.
I hope this is responsive.