New York City failure mayor Bill Deblasio has been a controversial figure to many italian Americans. But it’s been uncovered that his original last name wasn’t even Deblasio, but instead Wilhelm. His father was named Warren Wilhelm. And bill was born Warren Wilhelm Jr. But in 1983 he legally changed his last name to Deblasio-Wilhelm, and then in 2001, he legally changed his last name to strictly Deblasio. Conveniently it was right before he entered politics.
In a very italian American influenced city like New York, a surname like Deblasio would have resonated much better than a name like Wilhelm.
Unfortunately for the city of New York, his trickery was not widely known until AFTER he became the elected Mayor.