Yesterday I received the Birth Certificate for my Great x2 Grandmother. She was born on 6th May, 1857in Corella:

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I know that her name was Juana Sanz Cueva because we have already discussed her Death Certificate. What's more, we can see her parents listed on this birth certificate:

  • Blas Sanz
  • Felipa Cueva

Whilst I am struggling to read some of the writing (like the street she was born in) I am more curious about her name. At the top of the certificate I see:

Corella Nacimiento de una nina llamada Juana Sanz ?????

I can't make out that last word. I assumed it would have said Cueva but clearly not. What is it actually saying?

Side Note

Based on the answer provided about the location I was able to find that street (Barranquillo) On Google Maps in Corella:

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Unfortunately it does not support street view mode for that road.

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As far as I can tell, the first six lines read as follows (italics indicate handwritten text):

Corella Nacimiento de una niña llamada Juana Estanislaoa Sanz
El día seis de Mayo de 1857,
á la hora de las seis de la tarde
en la calle del Barranquillo
Número 13. cuarto
Es hija de legitimo matrim°.

Estanislaoa (edit: actually more probably Estanislaa, see comments) is a most unusual name, but seems to have been in use in many Spanish-speaking countries in the 19th century.

  • Thank you. It is just weird that this Surname has suddenly dropped in when it is mentioned no where else on the certificate. Jan 29, 2023 at 10:29
  • Could it be *Estanislaa" (popular-babynames.com/name/estanislaa)> It says it is a girls name and it looks like two a's. Could it thus be her secondary "name" and opposed to a surname? And she just never used it in life? Jan 29, 2023 at 10:48
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    Yes, it's a second given name, or a middle name if you like, and I agree that it is more likely Estanislaa. Creating a female version of a name ending in -ao is awkward and resulted in both Estanislaoa and Estanislaa. The latter is probably considered more correct, but the two consecutive 'a's look odd.
    – Segorian
    Jan 29, 2023 at 11:56

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