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College Degree abbreviations

College Degree abbreviations

Posted: 25 Feb 2014 9:58AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Dunford, Knight
I've run across several people with letters following their name that might signify a college degree. Here are 2 from people in the UK that I'm hoping someone might be able to clarify.

1. Person is a vicar, according to Kelly's Directory, 1939, Buckinghamshire: Dunford, Rev. Ernest Chas. M.A. Here in the US "M.A." would mean a Master of Arts degree. Is it the same in the UK?

2: Marriage found in Free DMB Marriage search:
Marriages Dec 1939
Name Spouse Reg. District Vol/Page
Dunford Ernest C Knight Westminster 1a 1538
Knight Annie M C Da S Dunford Westminster 1a 1538

Any idea of the meaning "Da S" for Ms. Knigh?

Re: College Degree abbreviations

Posted: 25 Feb 2014 11:10AM GMT
Classification: Query
1) Yes MA would be indicate a Masters of Arts degree.

2) Da S looks like an abbreviated middle name, possibly "Da Silva" ?

Re: College Degree abbreviations

Posted: 25 Feb 2014 11:17AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Knight
Maybe, but I think it more likely that her name was Annie M C Knight and "Da S" is something else.

Re: College Degree abbreviations

Posted: 25 Feb 2014 11:51AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 25 Feb 2014 11:54AM GMT
The information you have is taken from the GRO index of marriages - in which names are shown as Surname + First Name + middle initials. No other titles or qualifications are shown so Da S must be an abbreviated name.

There is a passenger list in 1951 showing Annie M C Da Silva Dunford taking a trip from the UK to Lisbon with husband Charles and daughter Veronica. Charles is a vicar and the address is "The Vicarage, Gt Missenden, Buckinghamshire".

Gt Missenden is only a few miles from me.

Antony
Chalfont Research

Re: College Degree abbreviations

Posted: 25 Feb 2014 5:26PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 25 Feb 2014 5:29PM GMT
Surnames: Da Silva, Dunford
Thank you Antony, both for the information about the GRO index containing only name information, but also the trip to Lisbon! I will look for that. Earlier I found a trip for Ernest Charles Dunford in 1951 arriving in Southampton from Buenos Aires, but I didn't see anyone else with the same name also on board.

Sandi

Re: College Degree abbreviations

Posted: 26 Feb 2014 5:53PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 26 Feb 2014 5:55PM GMT
Sandi

There is an Outward trip in April 1951 with the three of them, but for some reason they returned separately. He arrived back on 21 May , his wife/child on 3rd June.

(the ship originally travelled from Buenos Aires - but they were only going to Lisbon and back).


Antony

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