i am reviewing birth records from the town of Altavilla Irpina. i've attached a snip from a birth index of 1833 as this had the most examples.
there are several children born with the last name Esposito, the mother's name is given and the father is listed 'incerto" - unknown. this is also the information on the birth act.
also in the records, for those children who were abandoned/given up, the birth act states that the parents are unknown. and the child is given a name (surname NOT Esposito).
however, the "esposito" females are given first name Maria, males usually given the first name Fortunato. i've seen this mainly in birth records of the 1830s.
anyone have any information about this practice of naming children this way.
thanks so much