Dad left with nightmare surname has to show ID to prove he’s not making it up

A dad is forced to show ID everywhere he goes – because of his surname Korona.

Jimmy Korona, 38, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, has been laughed at throughout the pandemic.

The construction worker, whose name is Polish, welcomed a child earlier this year with fiancee Lauren.

Jimmy Joseph Korona was born on September 21, and his dad had to produce ID to medics who thought his name was a joke.

He said: "Nobody can believe my name is Korona with the coronavirus pandemic about.

"People down the pub come up and say that they can't believe my name is Korona.

"Nobody believes me apart from those that I've known for years. When I do say what my second name is, most people don't believe me.

"So I show them my bank card or passport to prove that's my name, and it's always been my name.

"It feels weird hearing my name everywhere. It just feels dead strange hearing your name being said over and over.

"It's a name that nobody else has really got, not like a Smith or a Davies, and now it's all over the news, in all the papers and on the radio every day. It's crazy!"

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Jimmy’s surname comes from his grandfather Jozef Korona, who survived a concentration camp in Germany following World War II.

Proud of his family's history, Jimmy has no plans to change his name but admits it has been a strange experience seeing his name everywhere.

He explained: "My grandad was in the concentration camps in Germany and after being rescued, he landed in Broadway, in Meir, in Stoke on Trent and married my nan.

"He was training to be a doctor and then when the war started, he was forced to work on a pig farm and survive off of pig food whilst in the concentration camps.

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"He survived the war and came to England to work in the mines in Meir and fell in love with my nan and that's how we got our family name of Korona.

"He's passed away now, God rest his soul, but I wouldn't have this unique surname without him so I definitely wouldn't change my name, even after all this!"

He and Lauren are planning on getting married so they can be “a family of Koronas”.

Jimmy continued: ”We get a lot of deliveries and the company I work for tell the delivery drivers they have to see a man called Jimmy Korona.

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"They don't believe them, they ask if they're having a laugh, and 'are you taking the Michael?'

"And my company has to explain 'no that's his name, call him on this number'.

"Thankfully nobody has refused to do the deliveries thinking it's a joke but when they arrive they do ask if the name is right or have they heard it wrong.

"Some people don't believe me to the point that I have to produce some identification.

"It's crazy the amount of effort I have to go through just to prove my name is real!"

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