pinkypinky Moderator
#1

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

Anne: Nancy

Esther: Essie

Anastasia: Statia

Patricia: Trish, Tish, Patty, Pat

Cecilia/Cecily: Cis

Bridget: Delia

John: Jack

Thomas: Thos (not a diminutive but you do see it written)

Catriona: Triona, Trina, Cat

#2

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!

P. Breathnach Registered User
#3

From the top of my head:
Mary: May; Minnie
Dorothy: Dora
Denis: Dinny
Robert: Bob; Bobby
Roberta: Bobbie
Carol or Caroline: Cazzie

mod9maple Registered User
#4

Catherine/Catharine or Katherine: Katie, Kitty, Kat, Kathy.

My Nan was Sarah, but was nicknamed Sally. Anyone come across that before?

MadameGascar Registered User
#5

Helen=Nelly

mod9maple Registered User
#6

pinkypinky said:
Thomas: Thos (not a diminutive but you do see it written)


I've often see that right enough, and Jas for James.

shanew Registered User
#7

mod9maple said:
Catherine/Catharine or Katherine: Katie, Kitty, Kat, Kathy.

My Nan was Sarah, but was nicknamed Sally. Anyone come across that before?


same in my Family - several Sarahs, known as Sara, Sadie & Sally

shanew Registered User
#8

mod9maple said:
I've often see that right enough, and Jas for James.


and Jno. for John, Wm. for William

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pinkypinky Moderator
#9

shanew said:
and Jno. for John, Wm. for William


Oh and Geo. for George

pinkypinky Moderator
#10

MadameGascar said:
Helen=Nelly


Just to expand that one: can also be short for Ellen or Eleanor, and of course is seen as Nell too.

shanew Registered User
#11

Bartholomew, Bart, Battie

Hannah, Hanora, Nora, Nanna

Monica, Mona

and Chas. for Charles

P. Breathnach Registered User
#12

MadameGascar said:
Helen=Nelly

Closely connected:
Ellen: Nell, Nellie

Elizabeth possibly beats all others: Liza, Beth, Betty, Bets, Betsy, Liz, Lizzie, Lisa, Lisbeth (and, in one famous instance, Brenda).

P. Breathnach Registered User
#13

shanew said:
Bartholomew, Bart, Battie

and Bartley. In the case of one Mr. Ahern, Bertie.

Hermy Registered User
#14

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

Tunny ???

If anyone can shed any light on them that'd be great.

CeannRua Registered User
#15

Hermy said:
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

Tunny ???

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.

Some others:
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.

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