The Number-Happy Rosado Family of Brazil

The Rosado family of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, is well-known for two things: politics and number-names.

Patriarch Jerônimo Ribeiro Rosado (b. 1861) had 3 children with his first wife, Maria, and 18 with his second wife, Isaura (Maria’s sister). All but two of his children have a number-name that corresponds to birth order.

Here are the names of all 21:

  1. Jerônimo (1890-1920)
  2. Laurentino (1891-1891)
  3. Tércio (1892-1960) – the Portuguese form of Tertius, “third” in Latin
  4. Isaura Quarto (1894-1896) – quarto is “fourth” in Portuguese
  5. Laurentino Quinto (1896-1897) – quinto is “fifth” in Portuguese
  6. Isaura Sexta (1897-?) – sexta is “sixth” in Portuguese
  7. Jerônima Sétima (1898-?) – sétima is “seventh” in Portuguese
  8. Maria Oitava (1899-?) – oitava is “eighth” in Portuguese
  9. Isauro Nono (1901-1925) – nono is “ninth” in Portuguese
  10. Vicência Décima (1902-?) – décima is “tenth” in Portuguese
  11. Laurentina Onzième (1903-1922) – onzième is “eleventh” in French
  12. Laurentino Duodécimo (1905-1954) – duodécimo is “twelfth” in Portuguese
  13. Isaura Trezième (1906-?) – trezième is “thirteenth” in French
  14. Isaura Quatorzième (1907-?) – quatorzième is “fourteenth” in French
  15. Jerônimo Quinzième (1908-1908) – quinzième is “fifteenth” in French
  16. Isaura Seize (1910-?) – seize is “sixteen” in French
  17. Jerônimo Dix-Sept (1911-1951) – dix-sept is “seventeen” in French
  18. Jerônimo Dix-Huit (1912-1996) – dix-huit is “eighteen” in French
  19. Jerônimo Dix-Neuf (1913-?) – dix-neuf is “nineteen” in French
  20. Jerônimo Vingt (1918-?) – vingt is “twenty” in French
  21. Jerônimo Vingt-Un (1920-2005) – vingt-un is “twenty-one” in French

Notice how the names shifted from Portuguese to French, and from ordinal numbers to cardinal numbers.

Some of the number-names above live on not only among descendants, but also as place names (e.g., Gov. Dix-Sept Rosado Airport, Dix-Huit Rosado Municipal Theatre).

Source: Os Rosado


2 thoughts on “The Number-Happy Rosado Family of Brazil

  1. I wonder what made them settle on just using Isaura and Jeronimo for the later kids. Ah, to have been the only Tercio, Maria, or Vicencia in the family! And who was the original Laurentina/o to keep reusing that name?

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