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16-04-2012, 18:47   #16
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You beat me to Darby/Jeremiah. I've also seen one link of that name to Diarmuid in my family. Also have a Norah referred to as Nina.
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I don't know if this little book has been mentioned before - it's a study of surnames and first names - well worth a read
http://archive.org/details/varietiessynony00math
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They look like nicknames to me rather than being derived from their correct names.
Gotcha. Sorry for going off topic.
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In the case of my great grandmother, Cecelia a.k.a. Lily
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I don't know if this little book has been mentioned before - it's a study of surnames and first names - well worth a read
http://archive.org/details/varietiessynony00math
thanks for this - I have his 1909 Special report on Surnames, but hadn't come across this book before.


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The whole nickname thing can cause confusion too though eg three of my forebears all called John worked together. To avoid confusion(???) none of them was actually called John. I can never remember what they called themselves but it was something like Bob, Tom and Batt. If you didn't actually know this where you would be looking for them in records...
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That reminds me of a phone call my Dad made a few years ago.

John rang John.
John picked up the phone.
John asked to speak to John.
John said that John wasn't there and that he'd let John know that John had called.

The same surname also applied.
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Mary = Maisie

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My Nan was Sarah, but was nicknamed Sally. Anyone come across that before?
Yes; my gmother also was Sarah, known by her sisters/brothers as Sal or Sally. Her family was from Tyrone originally, moved to Glasgow where she was born.

On another branch my ggmother was Ann, Anne and most often Ciss or Cissie. That blocked me for quite a while.
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Yes; my gmother also was Sarah, known by her sisters/brothers as Sal or Sally. Her family was from Tyrone originally, moved to Glasgow where she was born.
Strange that, my Nan was born in Uddingston, but her people were from Newtownhamilton.
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This could go on forever and there must be some websites dedicated to this already. And some of those already listed can prompt even more examples so we will find the same name popping up all over the thread.

Anthony – Tony, Anto
Brian or Bryan
Charles - Charlie or shortened to Chas. or even Chuck.
Christian – Chris, Kit
David - Davy, Dave, and in Irish (I think) Daithí
Dorothy – Doris, Dora, Dot, Dotty
Evelyn - Eve, Eva, Evelin, Evelinne, Evelinn
Edward - shortened to Edw. also, Eddie, Ed, Ned, Neddy, Ward
Elizabeth - Lizzie, Lizzy, Eliza, Liza, Beth, Betty, Betsy, Elsbeth, Ella
Frances - (female) Fanny, Fran, Frankie,
Francis - (male) Frank, Frankie
Geoffrey or Jeffrey or Geoff, Jeff.
Eugene – (male) Gene - or Jean (female)
George – (male) shortened to Geo.
Georgina – (female) – Georgy or Gina
Henry – Harry
John - Jack, but could be also be in Irish Seán
Leonard – Lenny
Mary - Polly
Maurice – Mo
Maureen - Mo or Rena

Regina – Gina or Queenie
Stephen - Steve
Thomas shortened to Thos., Tommy
William - Will, Bill, Billy or Liam



Basically most names can be shortened and there isn’t much guesswork involved.

Our American friends now change ordinary names by completely re-spelling them, i.e. Kate could be Kait or Cait or Kayt, I've seen them all at some stage.

Usually in my family when filling in formal documents, the formal and complete name was entered and the men often put their Christian name and the initials of their subsequent names - old fashioned but it helps genealogists better than pet or nicknames.
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Does anyone know what Festa/Fester might have been short for. I have a great uncle Fester/Festa...my dad wasn't sure, but I can't find any name like that on the census? Any ideas folks?
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I used to know someone who was nicknamed Fester and his real name was Derek. Could be just a coincidence. Or someone who looked like Uncle Fester in the Munsters.
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Does anyone know what Festa/Fester might have been short for. I have a great uncle Fester/Festa...my dad wasn't sure, but I can't find any name like that on the census? Any ideas folks?
Feistí exists as an Irish name. I have met two people in Connemara known by it, but I have never come across the name with other than a Connemara connection.

If there is no Connemara connection, and you are sure that it's Festa/Fester, I'd think of Sylvester.
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22-04-2012, 19:40   #30
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In the case of my great grandmother, Cecelia a.k.a. Lily
I have a Cecelia as well whose pet name was Sheila in the early 1900's. Perhaps I can try a 'Lily' search

Michael can also be Mitchell.

My 'Peter John' family member was also known as just Jack.

My Joseph George (1st and 2nd name of grandfather) became George Daniel upon hitting Canadian soil in 1923. Apparently, he disliked the name Joseph and changed it upon arriving.

This is a terrific thread.
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