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Help with title or prefix before name?

Postby shroud97 » 14 Jul 2006, 01:19

Hi everyone, I recently came across a record in which my ancestor, Francesco Giordano, had an abbreviation before his name, which looked like "Mgr:o." His wife appears to have, I assume, a feminine version of this in front of her name, but I can't tell, the ink has been smudged. I have linked the image; his name should be in the center. Would anyone be able to tell me what this means? Thanks very much in advance.

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Re: Help with title or prefix before name?

Postby JamesBianco » 14 Jul 2006, 03:58

I have seen this many times in my research, it is not a typical prefix, instead used for specific individuals. Depending upon the era and location, it usually translates to "Magistro" which indicates someone who 1) holds a political office or 2) is an educator of some sort.

That has been my experience at least.


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Re: Help with title or prefix before name?

Postby jcsm400 » 14 Jul 2006, 08:18

In case you need it for future documents, here is a link to Italian-Latin abbreniations.

http://lnx.bertotti.it/genealogia/modul ... =21&page=1
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Re: Help with title or prefix before name?

Postby shroud97 » 14 Jul 2006, 08:26

Many thanks to both of you, this is extremely helpful. I found another document for the marriage of Francesco's son where they were both listed as a calzolaio, so perhaps he was a 'master' shoemaker? His son shows up a few years later as proprietario, and remains so until his death, but I'm thinking that was through his wife's dowry.
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Re: Help with title or prefix before name?

Postby suanj » 14 Jul 2006, 15:09

I believe that is the title of : Magistrato ( judge)



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