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What’s in a name – Part II


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

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  • David N. Welton Tuesday, 23 March 2010, 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:

    http://gens.labo.net/

  • TheInnerRing Tuesday, 23 March 2010, 4:34 pm

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

  • vineristi Wednesday, 27 October 2010, 8:49 am

    Still better than fishing tackle though – despite the name!

  • TheInnerRing Wednesday, 27 October 2010, 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.