I am using the moderncv package and it includes a nice header with symbols for email (\Letter) and mobile phone (\Mobilefone). I can't however seem to find a good symbol for a birth date. I was thinking of something like this but the closest thing I found in the comprehensive symbol list was \Maggie from the simpsons package.

Can someone suggest a good symbol for a birth date?

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    moderncv uses symbols from the marvosym package, but I don't think this package includes a good "birth" symbol. Conventionally, an asterisk "*" is used for date of birth.
    – doncherry
    Commented Dec 18, 2011 at 10:45
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    Use your star sign:) and there are plenty of packages that provide them.
    – yannisl
    Commented Dec 18, 2011 at 10:48
  • The intro to the 60's TV show "Ben Casey" showed the asterisk as the symbol for birth also. youtube.com/watch?v=Xjq1P5p3fso
    – Gordon
    Commented Jul 19, 2017 at 14:36

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Often, an asterisk (*) is used to denote dates of birth. An example is the German Wikipedia entry for Donald E. Knuth.

The corresponding symbol for dates of death is the dagger (), produced by, e.g., \textdagger.

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    +1 for \textdagger, which lead me to this page. ;-)
    – fbmd
    Commented Dec 19, 2014 at 14:21

You can get genealogic symbols as side effect when loading the genealogytree package. Currently, the symbols are not available as a font elements but as graphics (which should make not too much differenc to a user). \gtrsymBorn is the symbol for day of birth.

Donald Ervin Knuth, \gtrsymBorn~January 10, 1938.

Legend: \gtrSymbolsFullLegend


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  • is there any for place of birth too or even citizenship/nationalities?
    – doplano
    Commented May 2, 2020 at 17:02
  • @FäridAlijani No, I fear there is no symbol for such things (not in the package and not in common usage as far as I know). Commented May 4, 2020 at 6:50

I found this command in the Genealogic Symbols:


which gives a star (similar to an asterisk, indeed).

  • Welcome to the site, Mattia. Which package must one load to get that symbol? Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 13:56
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    @JohnWickerson The needed package is textcomp. Mattia, can you please add this info to your answer? And, BTW: Welcome to TeX.SX! Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 14:00
  • Welcome to TeX.SX! You can have a look on our our starter page to familiarize yourself further with our format. Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 14:15

I like the \textborn symbol, just like here, in the answer of Franck Pastor. Franck also shows what it eventually looks like, and I think this looks better than the symbol of the genealogytree package.



\textborn\,1984, \textdied\,2005
\oldtextborn\,1984, \oldtextdied\,2005 


Try \faBirthdayCake from the fontawesome package


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