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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

How Groundskeeper Willie Got His Name

This week, The Simpsons did its part in keeping alive the Ellis-Island-name-change myth:

Mark Roy

For those that don't care to watch the whole episode, the reference is at 14:12.

Chris

Coincidentally, the video I posted starts at about 14:12.

kathryn

We are unfortunately unable to view the video from outside the United States.
On the other hand, I found the following at wikipedia

According to Willie, he is "too poor to have a last name"[2], although in the Simpsons Comics he is referred to as "William MacMoran". In My Fair Laddy he is also temporarily known as G. K. Willington, Esq.[2]. In the 2009 episode, Lisa the Drama Queen, it's revealed that Groundskeeper Wille's real name was "William MacDougal", but was changed to Groundskeeper Willie by an Ellis Island immigration officer.
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Kathryn Larcher
French Roots Genealogy

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