What’s in a name – Part II

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Having blogged about riders’ names, where Boonen means beans and Cipollini is Italian for small onions, here’s another name: Campagnolo. What does campagnolo mean? It’s an Italian term that translates as someone from the campi or fields or more precisely… a country bumpkin. I’m not sure that’s the sort of image you had in mind?

Of course the name comes from Tulio Campagnolo, the company’s founder. He started the business in Vincena in 1933.

What’s in a name – Part I
What’s in a name – Part II
What’s in a name – Part III
What’s in a name – Part IV
What’s in a name – Part V
What’s in a name – Part VI
What’s in a name – Part VII

David N. Welton March 23, 2010 at 1:44 pm

If you look it up here, you'll see that it's an extremely common surname in the Vicenza region, where the company is located:


TheInnerRing March 23, 2010 at 4:34 pm

David, thanks for the link, it's interesting to drop various Italian names in and see what happens.

vineristi October 27, 2010 at 8:49 am

Still better than fishing tackle though – despite the name!

TheInnerRing October 27, 2010 at 8:56 am

Ah, the classic Campagnolo vs Shimano debate!

For what it's worth I love Campagnolo but have Shimano on my mountain bike. Both are great.

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