Given names versus surnames
I am working on a batch of Brazilian birth records: Brasil, Minas Gerais—Registro Civil, 1879–1949 [Parte B][MS87-LDK] and I ran across a few issues and I just want to be clear. I did read the instructions and I did look at the examples, but I did not see answers to these questions.
1) In a few records, I have run across a father's name for example "Quirino Jose Ildefonso de Campos", where the given name would be "Quirino Jose", but would the first surname be "Ildefonso" and the second surname be "de Campos"? or would "Ildefonso de Campos" be the first surname and there is no second surname? I have looked at the other information, which usually includes the birth child's paternal and maternal grandparents, but this does not always include those surnames or they do not coincide. For example, in this record, Quirino Jose Ildefonso de Campos' father is not named.
2) In this same record, the mother is listed as "Maria Carolina de Jesus" and her mother is listed as "Carolina Maria de Jesus" . Would "de Jesus" be the surname? It seems to me all these names are given names.
3) In record 189, the father is listed as "Joao Goncalves Junior". It is very clearly written and accentuated in the text, and it is my understanding that "Junior" in this case is part of the surname, a tradition when a child is named after the father, "Junior" is added as part of the surname and not simply to indicate a status. Does "Junior" then become part of a second surname or is it included as part of the first surname?
and 4) in Image 3, record 191, the mother is listed as "Dona Dona Dolores Ferreira". I know that "Dona" is a title and should not be included as the given name, but what about the second "Dona"? Should I assume this is a mistake/repeat or that the women's given name is "Dona Dolores"?
Thank you so much for your help.
Grandma Gina mod
The Project instructions for this project give the following instructions for Indexing Portuguese Names: "Portuguese surnames are sometimes made up of just 1 name, but sometimes they have 2 or more names. Below is a short list of Portuguese names with the surnames in bold and second surnames in bold italics.
- José Francisco Mendes
- José Floriano De Souza
- Miquelina Eugenia Da Silva
- Diamantina De Souza Gaulart
- Maria do Carmo De Mello Paiva
- Martiniamo Alves De Paiva
- Candida Josephina De Sá Fonseca"
You may have to use your own discernment for some of the names. I think as long as you get all parts of the name indexed into the name fields a researcher should be able to find the person they are looking for.0