CORDIO is the last name. CARLO is the first name and MARIA is the middle
name (sometimes one says that we have several first names).
It is not unusual for people in latin-language-group countries to have
both two or even more middle names, just so you know.
Maria (or Marie in French) is a very common middle name (also for men!).
In everyday interpellation (and if you're on informal terms with them, of
course), you would call people by their first name (in this case Carlo),
although the official name would be Carlo Maria CORDIO.
In Scandinavia, however, it is more common to use both first name and
middle name in everyday use, than only first name. Scandinavian often have
2 last names, although officially one of those is considered a middle name
(unless hyphenated, then they are considered one last name).
(which is a problem for me having "von Arb" as a last name, here in
Scandinavia, von is now my second middle name, and I'm listed in the
telephone catalogue as Arb, Jacqueline I Von (Isabelle being my not-used
In many Eastern European countries, the convention is to give your last
name first: JANICKI Krzysztof Pavlovich (Pavlovich being the middle
name... ficticious name, by the way...)
Confusing? These are just very general naming conventions, and by no means
a rule. I won't even get into special cases, exceptions and nick-names.
Jacqueline (Isabelle) von Arb... but do call me Jac =)
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[ARSCLIST] Italian names?
Could an Italian speaker (or those with knowledge of Italian practices)
advise to assist in cataloguing...
We've got a composer called CARLO MARIA CORDIO (all presented in caps) and
Gooogling has not helped reveal what is the family name (so we can
reference that in CAPS), leaving the forenames in Title Case. I.e. should
it be CORDIO, Carlo Maria or MARIA CORDIO, Carlo (a double barrelled name
without the hyphen).
If there's a good online reference to international naming to help further
queries, I'd love to know :) Thanks, Darren
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