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Maria or Mario

Postby rp76226 » 10 Feb 2014, 17:55

On the Mormon Family Site, when I do a name search, I sometimes pull up male births with a middle name of "Maria" given, which is a girl's name. These are not actual birth records, but printed sheets stating the film number and index batch number. I never see "Mario" which is a true male Italian name. I'm thinking that someone read the handwriting wrong on the last letter of the actual record and the name is actually Mario. Did Italians actually use the name "Maria" for male names?
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Re: Maria or Mario

Postby Tessa78 » 10 Feb 2014, 18:03

rp76226 wrote:On the Mormon Family Site, when I do a name search, I sometimes pull up male births with a middle name of "Maria" given, which is a girl's name. These are not actual birth records, but printed sheets stating the film number and index batch number. I never see "Mario" which is a true male Italian name. I'm thinking that someone read the handwriting wrong on the last letter of the actual record and the name is actually Mario. Did Italians actually use the name "Maria" for male names?


YES :D

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Re: Maria or Mario

Postby erudita74 » 10 Feb 2014, 18:59

It was very common for males in Southern Italy, in particular, to be given Maria as a middle name. I have many in my own ancestry.
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Re: Maria or Mario

Postby PippoM » 12 Feb 2014, 11:34

My complete baptism name is Giuseppe Italo Maria...
Giuseppe "Pippo" Moccaldi

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