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Italian names in the film "The Big Night"

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3204
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Jun 7, 2017 at 4:45pm

Years ago I saw "The Big Night," a film about two brothers who had immigrated from Italy and were running an Italian restaurant on the Jersey shore, and it stuck with me. The two brothers at the heart of the story were named Primo and Secundo. Now that I've studied a little bit of Italian, I understand that means they were named First and Second. Is it common to name children in Italy for numbers?

Andrew Kelly
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Jun 8, 2017 at 10:27am

I my experience, no. These are just nicknames.

Gordy
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Jun 8, 2017 at 7:19pm

Penso di no. Ma questi sono nomi molto divertenti. Ma dovresti controllare lo spelling--Primo e Secondo, con un "o".

Apolonia D.
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Jun 9, 2017 at 5:21am

Hi, contrary to what one might think, this was not an uncommon practice some decades ago, especially in rural areas. Here is an interesting article on Italian names where this is mentioned: http://www.girosole.com/italy-travel-info/italian-names-and-nicknames/

3204
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Jun 9, 2017 at 5:04pm

That was very interesting. Thank you.

JacqueProulx
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Jun 12, 2017 at 5:48pm

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