: JosÚ, my understanding is that it's just the
: families descending in one way or another
: from royalty, f.i. Lancastre, who are
: entitled to the prefix Dom. Not all members
: of the aristocracy, I believe?
No, descendants from any aristocratic family are entitled to the prefix Dom.
Take the Palmelas, Fronteiras, Lavradios, etc., those who are more proeminent or appear the most in social columns.
Apparently, the quarrel between the Duke of Braganša and a certain fado singer started because the latter felt entitled to the use of Dom as a distant descendant of Vasco da Gama.
He claimed that the navigator was granted the use of Dom to every descendant, male or female, in any degree.
D.Duarte disagreed ...
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: (*) Unlike in Spain, where many people are
: treated as Don, in Portugal such treatment
: is restricted to the descendants of the
: aristocratic families (although few used
: them in day life).
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