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Subject: Re: surname as a given name
Author: Murasaki   (Authenticated as lady murasaki)
Date: October 29, 2008 at 2:03:02 PM
Reply to: surname as a given name by 78faba
As far as I know, yes. Didn't the habit originate from giving children a family surname as a given name, for instance the mother's maiden name? I don't know about Germany, but in Italy I think it's vetoed by law to use a surname as a given name and since it's a country with a Catholic tradition surnames would be considered inappropriate. There are only a few surnames of historical figures that are used as given names, such as Garibaldi, but they're really uncommon.

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