What's in a Name?



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"Setear" is pronounced "suh-TEER."

The name is a corruption of a Polish name, Setera.  Public-school officials in New Britain, Connecticut (sometimes known as "New Brit-ski") misspelled the original name on some documents.  My immigrant grandparents' experience in Poland had apparently taught them not to question authority, because they let the error not only stand but propogate, until it became the customary spelling of the name.

In Portugese, "setear" means "*****."

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For corrections, comments, and questions, please e-mail John Setear.

This page was last updated on 05/27/99.