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Subject: Re: Reason for African American names using apostrophes?
Author: Profe Esteban   (Authenticated as Profe Esteban)
Date: March 10, 2008 at 3:59:57 PM
Reply to: Reason for African American names using apostrophes? by Tempestgirl
In latin origin surnames thereĀ“s only one reason to use apostrophes: replacing a letter. Italian surnames as D'Angelo, D'Amore, D'Alessandro the apostrophe replaces the "e" (De Angelo, De Alessando, De Amore). In Italian and French they use it for the same reason also in regular words.

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