Name Abbreviations

Many of our ancestors used abbreviations instead of writing their whole first names. Probably one of the most common examples of this is Wm which was used for the name William. This can cause a lot of problems when trying to trace them throughout their lives. Abbreviations have been known to be used on Birth, Baptism, Marriage, Census and Death records just to name a few.

I have included a list of abbreviations below. The list will be added to, and I would be more than happy to add any that you have come across. Please contact me if you would like one to be added.

Forename Abbreviation
Abigail Abig.
Abraham Abr.
Agnes Agn.
Alexander Alex.
Alfred, or Alphonse Alf.
Ambrose Amb.
Anne, or Anna An.
Andrew And.
Anthony Ant.
Arthur Art.
Augustus Aug.
Barbara Barb.
Bartholomew Bart.
Benjamin Benj.
Bridget Brid.
Catherine Cath.
Charles Chas.
Christian Chr.
Christian Xtian
Christopher Xpr / Xtopher
Clement Clem.
Constance Const.
Cornelius Corn.
Daniel Danl.
David Dav.
Deborah Deb.
Dennis Den.
Douglas Doug.
Dorothy Dy
Edmund Edm.
Edward Edr
Edward Edw.
Elizabeth Eliz.
Eleanor Elnr
Esther Esth.
Ezekiel Ezek.
Frederick Fred.
Franco Froo.
Francis Fs
Gabriel Gab.
George Geo.
Geoffrey Geof.
Godfrey Godf.
Gregory Greg.
William Gul.
Hannah Han.
Henry Hen. / Hy.
Helen Hel.
Herbert Herb.
Isaac Is.
Isabel Isb.
James Jab
James Jac.
James Jas
Jeremiah Jer.
John Jno / Ioh.
Jonathan Jon.
Joseph Jos.
Joshua Josh.
Josiah Josh
Judith Jud.
Laurence Lau.
Lawrence Lawr.
Leonard Leon.
Lydia Lyd.
Margaret Margt
Matthias Math.
Matthew Matt.
Maurice Mau.
Michael Mich.
Michael Micls
Michael Mix.
Millicent Mill.
Mary My
Nathaniel Nath.
Nicholas Nich.
Nicholas Nics
Oliver Ol.
Patrick Pat.
Penelope Pen.
Peter Pet.
Philip Phil.
Phineas Phin.
Phyllis Phyl.
Priscilla Prisc.
Prudence Pru.
Rachel Rach.
Raymond Ray.
Rebecca Reb.
Reginald Reg.
Richard Ric. / Rich
Richard Richd
Robert Robt
Roger Rog.
Samuel Saml
Sarah Sar.
Sylvester Silv.
Simon Sim.
Solomon Sol.
Stephen Ste.
Susan, or Susanna Sus.
Susanna Susna
Theodore Theo.
Thomas Thos.
Timothy Tim.
Ursula Urs.
Valentine Val.
Vincent Vinc.
Walter Walt.
Winifred Win.
William Wm
Zachariah / Zachary Zach.