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18-07-2012, 12:37   #46
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I'd go along with Mathilda or Margaret I think. There are no other Gaelic names in the family so I doubt if Maedhbh would be right but will keep it mind anyway just in case. Thanks.
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Has anyone come across the name Killy for a woman? There are some examples of it on IrishGenealogy and the extracted records on FamilySearch. Maybe some of them should be Kitty and the double 'l' has been left uncrossed?
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Has anyone come across the name Killy for a woman? There are some examples of it on IrishGenealogy and the extracted records on FamilySearch. Maybe some of them should be Kitty and the double 'l' has been left uncrossed?
Your reasoning sounds plausible. I've not come across it. Killy apparently is a nickname for Philadelphia and I've just seen a suggestion it could be short for Killian.
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"Biddy/Beddy" - diminutive for what?

In the early 19th century, what was "Biddy" (or "Beddy") short for? According to my great-grandmother's marriage cert, her parents were John Wixted & Catherine Wixted nee Bradshaw. I can find John Wixteds who married a Biddy and Beddy Bradshaw respectively, but no Catherine Bradshaws (or similar) who married a John Wixted.

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Mod note: moved to pet name thread and stickied for future reference.

I'd think Bridget is most likely.
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Biddy would be fairly common in the midlands as a corruption of Brigid.
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Bridget is often recorded as Bedelia, so Biddy/Beddy would be pet names derived from Bridget/Bedelia.
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My father had six brothers and sisters, and not a single one of them was known to me by their actual birth certificate names. It was not until a friend of ours, who works as a researcher for the CLDS, turned up the relevant census pages that I found out their real names. My dad's middle name was mispelled on his birth certificate, the clerk, no doubt an Englishman, unused to the Cork accent, hearing 'Valentine' as 'Ballantine'

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One that I came across recently was Kit being another name for Christopher.
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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?

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Mary - Maura

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Mary = Maisie

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Mary - Maria

Almost all the Marys in my family going back at least 3 generations have been referred to as May.
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Most people call me Rox/Roxy short for Roxanne but my parents call me San or Sanny. I'm sure you all have lots of Aunty Roxannes in your trees

Kathleen for Catherine and Maura/Maureen for Mary.
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One that I came across recently was Kit being another name for Christopher.
Pretty common, that. A contemporary playwrite of Wm Shakespear[e], Christopher Marlowe, was known as Kit.

So was the American frontiersman, Christopher 'Kit' Carson.

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Bridget is often recorded as Bedelia, so Biddy/Beddy would be pet names derived from Bridget/Bedelia.
My grandmother was known as "Delia" to her family etc. Bridget was her actual name.
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Most people call me Rox/Roxy short for Roxanne but my parents call me San or Sanny. I'm sure you all have lots of Aunty Roxannes in your trees

Kathleen for Catherine and Maura/Maureen for Mary.
Kathleen and Maura/Maureen are borrowings from Irish.

eg. Caitlín and Máire/Máirín (little Mary)

Obviously in both cases the names were borrowed into Irish during the middle ages, from same root names that also gave rise to english Catherine and Mary.

(Máire via Latin, Caitlín via Norman-French with addition of -ín diminutive)
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Mod note: please check the thread before posting, we've got a lot of repetition in it.
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