meaning of "esposse" on birth record lists

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meaning of "esposse" on birth record lists

Postby conseri » 01 Oct 2004, 17:04

I received photocopies of lists of infants born in a town in Abruzzo in the mid 1800's. They were annotated in 1 of 3 ways: alive, dead (mort), or "esposse." My Italian dictionary says it means "exposed" in English, but what does the term really mean?
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Re: meaning of "esposse" on birth record lists

Postby mfjp » 01 Oct 2004, 21:25

adoption?

To take to one's self with a view to maintain; to make one's own; to take up the cause of; to adopt; to embrace.
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Re: meaning of "esposse" on birth record lists

Postby Melanie532 » 18 Oct 2004, 21:39

I read somewhere that this meant an illegitimate child. A literal translation for shame exposed.

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Re: meaning of "esposse" on birth record lists

Postby ptimber » 18 Oct 2004, 22:56

It means abandoned. Peter
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Re: meaning of "esposse" on birth record lists

Postby Auburn0508 » 22 Dec 2004, 05:36

I found this article yesterday on the Home section of this site (ItalianGenealogy.com) and found it to be rather interesting. Perhaps it would clear up your question - particularly the first paragraph of "Historical Cases":

Tracing Italian Lineages of Adoptees and Ancestors Born Outside Marriage
Posted on Thursday, 18 July 2002 (11:00:17) EDT
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Re: meaning of "esposse" on birth record lists

Postby ptimber » 22 Dec 2004, 05:46

There is nothing to clear up except for the use of the word abandoned in either Latin ESPOSITO (Esposse) or other italian words meaning the same thing. Peter
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