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?
Festus is/was common enough in parts of Galway but as P.B. says Fester could be a shortened version of Sylvester.
In our family tree the name Molly crops up regularly - as a substitute for Rosanna -- I have no idea why - and it caused huge confusion when looking through records etc. I assumed Molly was a pet/short version of Mary or Margaret?
We also have
- Bid/Biddy for Bridget
- Mamie for Eleanor
- Manie for Margaret
- Moss/Mossie for Maurice
- Murt for Martin
- Sonny for several different names where the man was called after his father and it was used to avoid "confusion" -- thereby causing utter confusion many years later
Sis crops up too just referring to "Sister" -- happened when a younger sibling couldn't pronounce the full name (Alexandra) and just kept calling her Sister -- and it stuck.