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Nicknames in our list of unofficial equivalents and their abbreviations can help with assumptions of ancestor identity in records we search. Let us know if you come across any news ones.


Updated 31 Mar 2009
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Nicknamea.k.a. or Formal Name
AceAsa
Aley, AllieAlice
AlfordAlfred
Alsey, Alsy, Elsey, Elsie, etc.Alice
Barm, BramBiram, Byrom, Abraham
Bertie, BirdieRoberta, Bertalina
Betsy/Bettie/BettsElizabeth (abbrev. Eliza.)
BiddyObedience, Bridget
BillWilliam (abbrev. Wm.)
BithaTabitha
Bob, RobinRobert (Robt.)
Bony, BoneyNapoleon Bonaparte
Buford (or Bluford)William Buford (or Bluford)
Cage, CagerMicajah
CarrieCaroline, Carolyn
CindaLucinda
Cintha, Cinthia/CithaSeth, Sitha, Synthy
Creasy/CretiaLucretia/Lucresha
CynthiaSeth, Sitha, Synthy
Cyry/SiraCyrus
DaisyMargaret
Dicey, DicyLeodocia/Laedicia/Laodicia, etc.
DickRichard (abbrev. Rd., Richd.)
Dolly/DottieDorothy
DoshaTheodocia
EasterEsther, Hester
ElickAlex, Alexander
Elisha/ElitiaAlicia/Alisha
Elce/ElsyAlice, Elsa
Fanny, Frannie, FrankieFrances (female)
FeltyValentine/Vollentine
Feely, FieldonFielding (frequently)
FrankFrancis (male), Franklin, Benjamin Franklin (frequently, namesake of Benjamin FRANKLIN)
Ginger, GinnieVirginia
GreenGreenberry (frequently) or Thomas Green (frequently, namesake of RW General Thomas GREEN)
HalHenry
HarryHarrison or Henry
HettieHenrietta, Hester. Also possibly Esther or Easter, or Hetha, which is sometimes short for Beheathland
HughElihu, a.k.a. Eli Hugh, or Hugh Lawson White (namesake of Hugh Lawson WHITE of Frontier Tennessee)
IbbyIsabel
JackJohn (abbrev. Jno.), Jackson
JacksonAndrew Jackson (frequently, namesake for Andrew JACKSON)
Jain/Jane/JanetJane, Jean, Joan
JeanJane (& vice versa), Joan
Jennie/JennyJane, Jean, Virginia
Jeremiah L.Jeremiah Lambert (frequently, namesake for Jeremiah LAMBERT, a Frontier Methodist Circuit Rider Preacher)
Jim or JimmyJames
Jimmie, JemmieJemima
JoeJoseph (Jos.)
JoshJoseph, Joshua, Josiah (abbrev. Jos. or Joh., although Joh. might also be Jonathan, Johnathan)
KeziahHezekiah
KittyCatherine, Katherine
KizziahKeziah
L.D.Lorenzo Dow (frequently, namesake for Lorenzo DOW, a Frontier Methodist Circuit Rider Preacher)
LabonLaborn, Labourn
Letha, LettyLeatrice/Lettice/Leticia/Lutisha/ Letha, Lydia, Violet, Violetta (Viletta)
Levisa, Levicia, LouvisaLouisa
Libbie/LibbyElizabeth
LiddyLydia, Letha, Lithe
Liza, LizzieEliza, Elizabeth
LigeElijah
Liney/LinnyCaroline
LishaAlicia
Lissy, LissieMalissa/Melissa
Lottie, LottaCharlotte, Charlotta
LukeLuther
MaggieMargaret
Marcus, MarkMarquis
MarionFrancis Marion (frequently, namesake of RW General Francis MARION)
MattieMartha
MegMargaret
Miami, MimaJemima
MinniePerminia, Minerva
MollyMary
NancyAnn, Anne
NathanJonathan (sometimes)
Ned, TedEdward (Edw.)
Nellie, NellyEleanor, Elinor
NiceyEunice
NinaPernina
Nora, NorrieElinor
Pal, PallyPalestine
Pattie, PatsyMartha, Patricia
Pearl, Purl (male)(sometimes) Granville Pearl (namesake)
PeggyMargaret
PerlinaPaulina
PhilPhillip, Philamon
Pleas, PlezPleasant (often namesake of Pleasant Miller of TN)
PollyMary
Rainy, RaneyLorraine, Lorena, Lourene, etc.
RobinRobert
Sadie, Sally, Sallie, SareySarah
SamSamuel (Saml.), Sampson
ShadeShadrach
Seburn, CebronSeaborn, Seabourn, etc.
SindaLucinda
Sintha, Sinthy/Sitha/SytheSeth (often also a.k.a. Cynthia)
Sira/SyryCyry/Cyrus
SorrySira/Cyry/Cyrus
StarlingSterling
Sukie, SukeySusan, Susannah
Ted, NedEdward
Tessa, Tessie, TreasyTeresa/Theresa
TildieMatilda
TishaLeticia/Letisha/Lutisha
TolbertTalbot, Talbott
TomThomas (abbrev. Thos.)
ViceyLavicia or Levicia
VineyLavina or Lavinia
Wash or WashingtonGeorge Washington (frequently)
Will, WillieWilliam
Willie, WyleyWiley (when Wiley B., namesake for Governor Willie BLOUNT of TN)
WillieWilmouth, Wilmot (female)
Xtopher, ZopherChristopher
Zadock, ZedekZedekiah

Seth, a female given name found frequently among Southern Combs, is found early in Virginia Records (pre-1700). Considerable confusion has arisen over the years in regard to this name, whose variant spellings seem to be almost unlimited, including Sith, Sitha, Sythe, Sytha, Citha, Cyntha, Sintha (and may have “corrupted” eventually into Cynthia.). It is found earliest in connection with the Combs in Stafford Co, VA (1) when John Combs, Sr. (s/o Joseph Combs I) married bef 1745, Seth BULLITT; and (2) when William Combs, Sr. (s/o Mason Combs, Sr.), married bef 1763, Seth STACY (d/o Simon & Judith TOLSON Stacy (Pettit), Sr.).

Note: Although it is possible that Seth STACY was named after Seth BULLITT Combs, no evidence of that has been seen as yet. Further confusing this naming pattern is the later marriage of Seth Combs (d/o Joseph Combs III, s/o John & Seth BULLITT Combs, Sr.) to George H. TOLSON, nephew of Judith TOLSON Stacy.
*See also the given name Seth amongst the BETHEL, HARRISON, MILLION and UNDERWOOD Families of Virginia.

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