Following a suggestion in another thread, pet names, obvious or otherwise. I'm just dashing off some from the top of my head.
Margaret: Peggy, Meg, Daisy
Patricia: Trish, Tish, Patty, Pat
Thomas: Thos (not a diminutive but you do see it written)
Catriona: Triona, Trina, Cat
Should we put these in alphabetical order PinkyP? (See I've shortened ur name already..
Some real surprises for me...for starters, Nancy could be Anne!
From the top of my head:
Mary: May; Minnie
Robert: Bob; Bobby
Carol or Caroline: Cazzie
Catherine/Catharine or Katherine: Katie, Kitty, Kat, Kathy.
My Nan was Sarah, but was nicknamed Sally. Anyone come across that before?
I've often see that right enough, and Jas for James.
same in my Family - several Sarahs, known as Sara, Sadie & Sally
Oh and Geo. for George
Just to expand that one: can also be short for Ellen or Eleanor, and of course is seen as Nell too.
Bartholomew, Bart, Battie
Hannah, Hanora, Nora, Nanna
and Chas. for Charles
Ellen: Nell, Nellie
Elizabeth possibly beats all others: Liza, Beth, Betty, Bets, Betsy, Liz, Lizzie, Lisa, Lisbeth (and, in one famous instance, Brenda).
and Bartley. In the case of one Mr. Ahern, Bertie.
Great idea for a thread.
A few of mine for your consideration...
Francis Gerard known as Bonzo.
Irene Mary known as Popsey
Arthur William known as Boysey
If anyone can shed any light on them that'd be great.
They look like nicknames to me rather than being derived from their correct names.
Angelina - Angela
Bridget - Bridie, Biddie, Breda
Jane - Jennie
Ellen - I've seen changed to Eileen
Mary - Maura
Daniel - Dan etc, Donie
Richard - Dick
Johanna - Hannah, Josie, Joan
Honora - Norry
Finbarr - Barry
Christina - Ina, Chrissie
Jeremiah - Darby
Michael - Mich; Mick
In a way, I think this is endless because as well as change of name you're at the mercy of vagaries of spelling - ie Jimmy / Jimmie; Lily / Lilly?
Also, there seems to be a lot more Irish language names in the 1911 than 1901 census maybe due to rising nationalism so there is maybe also this to consider. Someone who was Daniel in 1901 might be Donal / Domhnall in 1911; John - Sean; Mary - Maire etc etc.