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Meaning of an Abbreviation

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^ ^ ^ Ancient Egyptian Spinx ^ ^ ^

^ ^ ^ Ancient Egyptian Spinx ^ ^ ^ Report 23 Mar 2013 15:12

Does anyone know please what the " de" in a name means? eg John de Holden.
Thank You


patchem Report 23 Mar 2013 15:20

'of' (from French)


Kay???? Report 23 Mar 2013 15:29

There isnt just one single use for it,,,,,,

It depends on how and where its used in context.

Kim Annette

Kim Annette Report 23 Mar 2013 17:31

duthch is 'the' :-D

Kim Annette

Kim Annette Report 23 Mar 2013 17:32

i will spell that again... in dutch it is 'the'


wisechild Report 24 Mar 2013 07:24

For Spanish names it usually indicates the mother´s surname.
EG Juan Delgado de Sanchez.
More generally it indicates "born of"

^ ^ ^ Ancient Egyptian Spinx ^ ^ ^

^ ^ ^ Ancient Egyptian Spinx ^ ^ ^ Report 24 Mar 2013 15:22

Sorry for not getting back on here earlier. Most people wont of heard of the Townley family with their ancestral home dating back to the 1200s which is open to visitors in lancashire. I found out recently that I am related to them in the 1400s and some of their names have the "de" I mentioned. . So I am guessing from your reply wisechild that this would mean for eg John "born of " Holden. Thank You all.