Setting the record straight about Anthony Diiorio’s name

There’s a lot of confusion surrounding the correct spelling and pronunciation of my name. So I’d like to take the time to settle this once and for all. It’s Anthony Diiorio.

As in, Anthony Diiorio, co-founder of Ethereum. And Anthony Diiorio, Founder and CEO of Decentral and Jaxx. Anthony Diiorio, huge fan of Office Space and Half BakedBut if you do a quick search online, you’ll find my name spelled all kinds of different ways. Some are pretty creative. Most are inaccurate. 

The problem stems from sans-serif, which is the most prevalent type of font for text displayed on a computer or mobile screen. Interestingly, the term ‘sans serif’ is French for ‘without uncertainty.’ And yet, there are two letters that, when displayed in typical sans-serif mode, are identical: capital ‘I’ and lowercase ‘L.’ This is the main source of uncertainty around the proper spelling of my last name.

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Sans serif does not have extending features (called ‘serifs’) at the end of strokes

You see, the original spelling is Di Iorio, which contains a capital ‘I,’ which is almost always mistaken for an ‘L.’

I’ve been at conferences where I’ve been introduced as ‘DiLorio.’ In fact, a lot of people know me as ‘DiLorio’ if they’ve only ever seen my name in print. It’s confusing and it’s not accurate.

So, for the record, it is spelled Anthony Diiorio.

While we’re at it, let’s discuss how it’s pronounced, which is actually the easy part.

Anthony Di Iorio
Anthony Diiorio wants to clear up the confusion surrounding his last name

It rhymes with Oreo. Yes, as in Oreo cookie. Think of it like ‘dee plus Oreo.’ Diiorio.

Getting this right is key. For myself, personally, as well as for Decentral, the company, and all of our other properties and partners. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Sincerely, Anthony Diiorio

“A person’s name is one of the very few things someone truly owns. Setting the record straight on Anthony’s name is important for the company’s sake, and also to properly anecdote the vital contributions he has already made to the blockchain and crypto industry, in addition to his vision to empower people to be in control of their lives.” – Jay Dingwall, Branding expert & CEO of Famous Folks