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Tawny Report 24 Apr 2008 21:19

Eleanor = Lana
Rebecca/ Rebekah = Becky, Becca, Bec, Reba, Reb
Janet = Jan, Netta
Agnes = Aggie, Nessie

James = John( strange alternative but have found this one before) Jamie, Jack
John = Jackie

Middle names being used as first names is another common occurance I had a relative whom someone told me was called Louis after research I discovered he was Albert Louis


Tinalina Report 24 Apr 2008 21:34

Very interested in the Polly for Mary message have been looking for a Polly in the family for ages never thought her name might be Mary.
Thanks Christine

Teresa With Irish Blood in Me Veins

Teresa With Irish Blood in Me Veins Report 24 Apr 2008 22:46

Alternatives names found in my family and friends .

Minnie = Mary

Nelly = Lydia

Dinah, Cissie = Christine

Fanny = Frances

Harry = Horace

Harry = Henry

Kay, Kitty, Kate = Kathleen

Ronnie = Veronica

Ronnie = Ronald

Roly = Roland


Merlin38 Report 25 Apr 2008 08:41

One pair of ancestors seemed to have run out of ideas. My g grandfather had a brother Harold, and another one named Harry.


Tawny Report 25 Feb 2009 17:07

James=Seamus or Hamish


BeauBear Report 15 Jan 2013 13:16

I found this useful, thanks.

So here is a summary: (it includes a few latin spellings)

Agnes - Aggie Nan Nancy Nessie Nesta
Bridget - Betsy
Charles - Chas Charlie
Christina/Cristina - Chris Chrissie Christie Christy Kirsty Kristy Tina
Christine - Cissie Dinah
Dorothy - Doll Dolly Dot Dottie Dotty
Eleanor - Ellen Hellen Lana
Elizabeth - Bessie Bess Bet Beth Betsy Betsey Betty Cissie Eliza Isabella Liz Lizbeth Lizzie Nancy
Ellen - Nellie Nell
Emma - Emiline Emily
Euphemia - Eppie Effie
Florrie - Florence, Flora
Frances - Fanny Fran
Francesca - Franca
Francis - Francisca Frank Frankie
Gilbert - Bert Gibby
Hannah - Anna Anne
Hannah Maria - Ann-Marie
Harry - Henry
Helen - Elenor Eleanor Ellen Ellie Helena Nellie Nelly
Helen-Mary - Mollie Dolly in Scotland
Henrietta - Harriet Hettie
Henry - Harry
Horace - Harry
Hubert - Bert Hugh Hughie
Isabella - Bell Bella Isa Isabel Issy Izzy
James - Hamish Jack Jacobus Jamie Jim Jimmy John Seamus
Jane - Jenny Jennie Jin Jinny Janet Janey
Janet - Jan Jenny Jessie Netta
Joanna - Jane Jo Jo-Ann
John - Iain Ian Jack Jackie Joannis Jock
Joseph - Jo Joe Josephus
Katherine - Cathy Catharine Kate Katie Kathy Kathleen Kitty
Kathleen - Cath Kate Kath Kay Kitty
Lilian - Lily
Louisa - Lucy
Margaret - Daisy Mag Maggie Maisie Maisy Meg Meggie Peg Peggie Peggy Rita
Maria - Mary
Marian - Marion Minnie
Mary - May Minnie Polly
Mary Anne - Marian Marion
Matilda - Maud
Michael - Mick Micky Mike Mikie
Nelly = Lydia
Norman - Nobby
Rebecca / Rebekah = Bec Becca Becky Bex Reb Reba
Robert - Bert Bob Bobby Rab Rob
Roland - Roly
Ronald - Ron Ronnie
Sarah - Cissie Sally Serafina
Stephen - Stephanus
Veronica - Ronnie
Virginia - Ginny Jinny
William - Bill Gulielmus Will


maggiewinchester Report 16 Jan 2013 00:44

Well, my uncle Bill's real name is Charles, and my great aunt Nell's real name was Alice!!
G Grandad Gifford took the name Sid, his brother Sylvanus used Herbert. Grandad's best friend Stan's real name was George.
My father in law, Sid was actually William (otherwise known as 'Bob')
My brother in law 'Bob' is really Philip.

Are my family just awkward?


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 16 Jan 2013 11:57

Susanne was often split to Susan Ann as it was more 'Posh'. Of course the enumerator could have been a person of harder hearing!


LadyScozz Report 17 Jan 2013 01:25

The Scots are notorious for giving children one name, and calling them another. Probably because many cousins living in the same village had the same name, after grandparents. My gg grandmother's name was Jean, but she was known as Helen!

Robert ~ Bob, Robbie, Rabbie, Bert etc......... and father would be Big Bob, son Wee Bob! Not sure if they use that for males named Richard......:-D.

My grandmother is Isabella, two of her sisters are Helen & Christina........ they were Bell, Nell & Teen.

One female on my tree was Gideona, known as Jane Ann (I would too!)


Tawny Report 24 Feb 2013 17:50

Three of my grandads cousins were called Janet, Elizabeth and Helen but were known as Nettie, Betty and Jean.


Tawny Report 16 Dec 2013 01:05

Annie - Ann, Nan
Matilda- Tilda, Tilly


welshbird201 Report 19 Dec 2013 11:51

My great great aunt was Ann Margaret known as Nancy.

Welshbird x


welshbird201 Report 19 Dec 2013 11:51

My great great aunt was Ann Margaret known as Nancy.

Welshbird x


rootgatherer Report 19 Dec 2013 17:09

Euphemia - Fay or Faimie
Jessie - Jenny or Jay
Margaret - Rita
Agnes - Senga
Helena - Elna


Sally Report 19 Dec 2013 20:51

but I have a rellie named Robert but called tom and

one named Arthur called frank

both not a middle name

sally w <3


TerryFromGloucester Report 22 Dec 2013 08:51

Elizabeth - Libby, Libbie

Terence - Terry


GeeJayDubya Report 27 Dec 2013 23:36

Albert...Bert, Albie


Tawny Report 18 Jan 2014 00:39



rootgatherer Report 19 Jan 2014 15:56

Another common Scottish one

Sarah - Sadie


Battenburg Report 20 Feb 2014 06:36

Florence Flo or Florrie