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From: Ray Hennessy <>
Subject: Re: [ABERDEEN] Scotlands records follow-up
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2012 23:21:20 +0000
On 6 January 2012 21:46, Mary Legarth <> wrote:
Another thought !
> The Scottish are simply notorious for using shortened versions, or,
> pet names for their entire squad of children.
> I have spent years looking for Helen ( known as Nellie), Euphemia (
> Phemie ), Marion ( May ), Alfred ( Fred ) etc.
> So simple when the penny finally dropped !
If the names you are looking for are likely to have had variants or
derivatives or even pet names, my website should give you some variations
to try [e.g. common abbreviations for Andrew]. The home page will explain
the principles of the site:
It is pretty well full as far as Scottish names go and probably English
ones too. I've also recently finished adding as many European names as I
could easily find. What I haven't yet done is add all the Gaelic names -
I have several pages of these still to check but if you suspect there might
be Gaelic variants for your GEDDES forebears, let me know and I'll look
them up for you. Gaelic names and English-based equivalents were often
interchangeable, e.g. Sarah and Mòr being the most commonly interchangeable
ones I've come across.