What are you called if you live in Tampa?
Tampan? Tampanian? Either? Neither? The question came up because of a post earlier today. In his book on Ybor City, Gary Mormino, the Florida history aficionado from USF St. Pete, used Tampan. But which is it? I asked some people who'd know.
"I've heard Tampanian more," said Scott Deitche, who wrote Cigar City Mafia: A Complete History of the Tampa Underworld.
From an email from the folks at Tampasphere: "Our experience was Tampans always said Tampan until someone decided it sounded like a possible insult. Then people started using Tampanians. Gary probably has a more comprehensive insight."
Here's Gary: "I have always used the term Tampan. I believe that term best fits the Spanish word for a Tampa Latin."
It's true. "Both of those are acceptable, Tampa and Tampanian," said Jason Busto of Busto Plumbing, "but Latin people go by Tampeno, or Tampena if it's a girl."