Why would a women have a birth record (these two examples) have a "son of" a Del Popolo listed for each but the child;s surname is the mother's...?? Does the name Del Popolo have a special meaning for an illegitimate child...?
Confused in the States - thanks for any help! Timm
Del Populo means 'of the people' and was a surname often given to abandoned babies. If the person with the surname Del Populo has a child out of wedlock and declares the child as hers with no father named, the child is given her surname. Why her surname is different may depend on who declared the birth. If it was the midwife, she may simply be known in town by the surname Sgroi and the midwife just gave that name.