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naming shorthand

When searching for your family names, you will come across some common and uncommon shorthand versions of names listed. This can be confusing if you do not know the meaning of the abbreviation.

Below is a list of some shorthand ways of writing some common names. I am sure there are many more. If you would like to add or correct this list, please contact families unearthed. You will mainly see these written only. For other nicknames and shortened names, see the large list of common nicknames.

Male Names

  • Jno = John
  • Hy = Henry
  • Chas = Charles
  • Wm = William
  • Edw = Edward
  • Jos = Joseph
  • Jas = James
  • Richd = Richard
  • Albt = Albert

Female Names

  • Eliza = Elizabeth

See also