Does "D." signify "Don" in birth record?

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Does "D." signify "Don" in birth record?

Postby lcafarel » 16 Aug 2011, 20:58

I have come across an 1827 birth record from Accettura that lists the baby as D. Ferdinando Spagna and the father as D. Nicola. Does the D signify Don? Other names, like Domenico, are always written out. This is the first time I've seen this.

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Re: Does "D." signify "Don" in birth record?

Postby Tessa78 » 16 Aug 2011, 22:33

Can you post the image? :-)

It would probably be best if we could view it...

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Re: Does "D." signify "Don" in birth record?

Postby lcafarel » 17 Aug 2011, 00:01

One of the list members with whom I've been corresponding sent me a response via email. I was apparently correct in thinking that the D. signifies "Don" a member of the nobility. It also appears before the name of priests. D with a small superscript "a" is the feminine: Donna.

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Re: Does "D." signify "Don" in birth record?

Postby Italysearcher » 17 Aug 2011, 09:08

From the records I have seen it represents a person of high status in the town but not necessarily a member of the nobility as we might understand it.
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