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From: Dan Hogan <>
Subject: Fwd: Irish name variations
Date: Thu, 5 May 2005 10:54:52 -0700


Begin forwarded message:
>
> The following article is reprinted with permission of the author.
>
> "Maybe Your Irish Ancestor's Given Name is Not the Name You've Been
> Searching"
>
> We have all been reminded to check the various ways of spelling a
> surname but most of us forget about variances to our ancestors' given
> names. When I discovered that my ancestor, Eugene Finnigan was named
> after his father, Owen Finnigan, I was truly surprised. I went back to
> check other records and sure enough, Nancy was Honora! There are many
> excellent books in Salt Lake City with name feferences and the list
> below is English names and the Irish counterpart of the names
> mentioned most often in the many books. Just be aware of the name
> change possibility when you seem to be hitting a brick wall in your
> research.
>
> Abigail - Libby, Gail Abbie
> Alice - Elsie, Alicia, Lizzie
> Eileen - Ellen, Evelyn, Helen, Nellie, Lena
> Ann - Hannah, Johanna
> Benjamin - Bernard
> Bernard - Benjamin, Brian Bryan
> Bridget- Biddy, Brenda, Delia, Dina, Bess
> Catherine - Kathleen, Cassie, Cathy, Kate, Kitty, Trina
> Charles - Carl
> Daniel - Donald, Donny
> Dennis - Duncan
> Doreen - Dora, Dorothy
> Edwin - Edward, Edmund
> Eleanor - Lena, Nora, Ellen Helen, Evelyn Ellie
> Elizabeth - Bess, Betsy, Betty, Sheila, Eliza, Biddy
> Ellen - Nellie, Lena, Helen, Eleanor
> Eugene - Owen
> Felix - Phillip
> Frances - Fanny
> Garret - Gary, Gerard
> Gertrude - Grace, Trudie
> Honora - Anna, Nancy, Johanna, Nora, Ann
> Harold - Henry
> Herbert - Hugh
> Isabel - Elizabeth
> James - Jacob, Jim, Shamus
> Jane - Janet, Jean, Joan
> John - Sean, Jack, Shane
> Louis/Lewis - Aloysius, Lucius
> Margaret - Peggy, Molly, Rita, Greta, Polly, Madge, Marge, Meg, Maggie
> Mary - Molly, Maureen, Minnie, Mamie, Marie, Maria
> Nancy - Ann, Hannah
> Nicholas - Colin
> Penelope - Fiona, enny
> Pierce - Peter
> Robert - Robin, Burt
> Rose - Roseann, Rosetta
> Sarah - Sara, Sadie, Sally
> William - Liam, Will
> end of article
>
> I might add that when you are studying Latin records, look for
> Guillermus/Guillermo which is William. Then there is Jacobus, which is
> James. Most of the latin names are distinguishable as their English
> counterparts.
>
> Diane Shaw


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