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Help needed with abbreviation

Help needed with abbreviation

Posted: 10 Dec 2011 1:43AM GMT
Classification: Query
I have a scottish birth record for 1803 with the christian name abbreviated. The name is for a male recorded as Ana followed by a small 'd'(or at least that is what it looks like) I can't identify any name that would be abbreviated in this way and there are no clues in the names of any other family members. I have attached an image of the entry.
Any assistance would be very much appreciated.
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Re: Help needed with abbreviation

Posted: 12 Dec 2011 9:40PM GMT
Classification: Query
I'd like to help but I can't read the image. Could you send a bigger one?

Re: Help needed with abbreviation

Posted: 14 Dec 2011 7:53AM GMT
Classification: Query
I'm not sure why image comes up so small. It should be bigger. Trying again.
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Re: Help needed with abbreviation

Posted: 14 Dec 2011 1:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
I''ve seen them use that 'd' before in death certs to abriviate 'ed'.

Re: Help needed with abbreviation

Posted: 14 Dec 2011 1:54PM GMT
Classification: Query
Also, if it's very old, think phonically and with a scottish accent :D What you have may read, Ana _ed. (they tend to cut out the middle of words when abriviating.) I have lots of Annie's and Ann's and a couple of Andrews, they arent abriviated like that ever. Think of an uncommon name, maybe? If all else fails, try If it's very old, think phonically and with a scottish accent :D http://www.rootschat.com/forum
The people on there will solve your problem in an hour, (time them and tell me if I'm right ;)).

Re: Help needed with abbreviation

Posted: 14 Dec 2011 8:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for that. I thought it had to be an unusual name because otherwise the only options really were Andrew or Alexander and it didn't look like it could be either of those.
Thanks for the recommendation. I will try them and let you know how I go.
Thanks!

Re: Help needed with abbreviation

Posted: 14 Dec 2011 9:56PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 14 Dec 2011 10:06PM GMT
Alexander is just Alex with a wierd r in the air. Was your family foreign?

Seeing as they use your abriviation 'd' for 'ed', and also in 'Chapely d' abriviating 'chapel yard', and 'Alex r' for Alexander, maybe its a name that ends with 'd'?

On the other hand, looking how other names are abbriviated may help....

Alex/Alexr - Alexander
Bernd - Bernard
Chas - Charles
Dy/Do - Dorothy
Edw - Edward
Eliz - Elizabeth (not to be confused with Eliza)
Em - Emma/Emily
Fredk - Frederick
Geo - George
Hon - Honour
Hum/Humy - Humphrey
Jas - James
Jno - John
Jonth - Jonathon
Jos - Joseph
Josh - Joshua/Joseph
Marg - Margaret (not Mary)
Mart - Martha (not Margaret)
Mattw - Matthew
My - Mary
Ric/Richd - Richard
Robt - Robert
Saml - Samuel
Ste - Stephen
Tam - Tamsin/Thomasin
Tho/Thos - Thomas
Wm - William
Xian - Christian
Xpr - Christopher

http://www.woodgate.org/FAQs/socgbrit.html#FAQ12
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Re: Help needed with abbreviation

Posted: 14 Dec 2011 10:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
Pretty sure they weren't foreign- but you never know! This particular generation of the family don't seem to have used the same sort of naming conventions that everyone else was using, though. There are four children in the family that I know of and the older two appear to have been named after some unrelated people rather than parents or grandparents. I haven't been able to use the usual clues in the children's names to trace the previous generation. His middle names are William Dempster, and Dempster is the mother's name so I assume William is probably his grandfather but haven't been able to confirm this. I suspect that he may have gone by the name William.

Re: Help needed with abbreviation

Posted: 14 Dec 2011 10:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
The only thing I can think of is an old spelling of Agnus is Aeneas :/ it's a long shot, but if that name has been used later by your family...?

Re: Help needed with abbreviation

Posted: 14 Dec 2011 10:45PM GMT
Classification: Query
I hadn't thought of Angus, but it doesn't appear anywhere else in the family.
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