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John W.
John Don Bosco
Dear all,

In the name " John Don Bosco", which is the first name and which is the last name?
Also is Bosco a popular name in Europe or it is rare one around?

I was told I got this name after someone but it is a name I rarely used. It appeared as part of my full name in my legal document. So it is like A B C John Don Bosco. A B C is what I have been known.

My late old man didn't tell me much about this too.

Please let me know.

Thank you very much.

May 28, 2020 2:07 PM
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Hi @John I don´t agree with @Phil

John is the first name correct but Don is not the middle name , in fact the surname is Don Bosco altogheter .

There is no rule for names are surnames so it is hard to explain. In Spanish , Italian and others languages the word Don is used as honorific prefix follow by a first name.

Let´s say I am an older person or very powerfull one, people should call me Don Marcelo as a respect ... I like it : )
May 28, 2020
Hey, John is the first name, Don is the middle name (might be short for Donald), and Bosco is the family name. I don't know anyone with the name, but I'm from Canada. Google says it's Italian, but seems to likely be a less popular one.
May 28, 2020
Thank you Don Marcelo,

Interesting, so Don Bosco is my surname and John is my first name.

Is Don Bosco a common surname there?


May 28, 2020
Hi Phil,

By any chance that Bosco could be used as the first name with John being the last name?
In the given example, I am thinking aloud that John might be used a the last name with "Don Bosco" as the first name? This is without the middle name.

Thank you.

May 28, 2020
John W.
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