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|Glossary of Words and Phrases|
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Daisy: nickname for Margaret
Danl: abbreviation for given name, Daniel (nickname: Dan)
dates See Calendars
de: (latin) surname prefix meaning of, generally references a location (de Combe), but may also refer to the son of a father (son of Combe). Also "atte" (Old English: "at" or "of") Examples
de bonis non: (latin) granted for the purpose of administering such of the goods of a deceased person as were not administered by the former executor or administrator. Example
decem: (latin) the number ten
deed: a document in writing, if signed and acknowledged by which an estate or interest in land is transferred from a grantor to a grantee, or donor to a donee if a gift deed.
deed poll: a deed executed or signed by one person only, even though other grantors were involved and, in some instances, the names of the grantees were added later.
demesne manorial land possessed by a lord and retained by him for his private use rather than rented out to tenants (from which the modern word, domain, developed). Example
demise: a lease, transferring from a lessor to a lessee a leasehold estate for a term of years, for life, or "at the will" of the landlord.
devisee: one to whom real property is given in a will. (Devisor: one who gives the property)
die: (latin) day
direct deed: pertaining to grantor deeds
disseisin: the ouster or removal of a person from possession of real property.
dower: after the death of a husband, a widow's one-third interest in his land for the rest of her life. Example
draper: originally a dealer in cloth and dry goods, later expanded to include merchants who were members of a drapers guild. See Worshipful Company of Drapers.
drover: one who drives herds of animals (often to market). Example
duo: (latin) the number two
duxit: ? dux leader, duke, general, second
decimus, decimo: (latin) tenth
duodecimus: (latin) twelfth
duodevicesimus, octavo decimo: (latin) eighteenth
duxit, matrimonium duxit: (latin) married Example
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