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?

  • 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 Dec 18 '11 at 10:45
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    Use your star sign:) and there are plenty of packages that provide them. – Yiannis Lazarides Dec 18 '11 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 Jul 19 '17 at 14:36

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.

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

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? – John Wickerson Jun 25 '13 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! – karlkoeller Jun 25 '13 at 14:00
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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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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 


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