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|When people search a database, they will be searching for example, for
the first name "William" rather than Gulielmus, etc.
Therefore we must standardise the input of first names to a modern form.
This is not a definitive total list - more may be
The every day speech form ("spoken" in the table below) was essentially the same as we use it today. The Margaretae Simpson of old didn't shout "Bartolomaeus... get in here for dinner!"
When transcribing parish registers from Latin, use the spoken form. That is what people will be looking for when they search a database.
Latin Spoken Notes Adamus Adam Adria Audrey Adria Adrian Shortened form. also Hadrian Adrianus Adrian also Hadrian Aegidius Giles male form Aemilius Emlyn Welsh form Aeneas Angus Scottish form Agneta Agnes Alannus Alan sometimes Alannus Alicia Alice Alianora Eleanor Alitia Alice Aloysius Lewis (Irish) Aloysius Llewelyn (Welsh) Amabilia Mabel Ambrosius Ambrose Ambrosius Emrys (Welsh form) Amia Amy Amica Ames (no longer in use) Andreas Andrew Anna Ann Antonius Anthony Arcturus Arthur Arturus Arthur Audria Audrey Avicia Avice Barnabas Barnabas Barnabus Barnaby Bartolomaeus Bartholomew Beatrix Betteris (note not Beatrice, which is 19C) Benedictus Bennet Benedictus Benedict can be either Beniaminus Benjamin (i = j) Brigitta Bridget Irish is Bridie Caecilia Cecily also Cisley, Cicil. (Not Cecilia 19C) Caelia Celia Irish Sheila, Sile Caritas Charity Carolus Carol Catalina Catherine Catherina Katherine Welsh Caitlin Cecilia Cecily (Not Cecilia 19C) Christiana Christian also written Xtiana in Latin. (Christina is modern late 19C) Christopherus Christopher also written Xtopherus or Xtopher Clemens Clement male Clementia Clemency female Coelia Celia Constantia Constance female Constans Constant male Constantius Constant male Cornelius Cornelius Crispianus Crispian also written Xpianus Christoverus Christoper also written Xtoverus Cutbartus Cuthbert Cudburdus Cuthbert Cuthbertus Cuthbert Danielis Daniel Davidus David Diana Diana Dionysia Denise female. strictly really Denis Dionysius Dennis male. strictly really Denis Dorothea Dorothy Dulcia Dowse not Dulcie, which is late 1800s Edmondus Edmund Edrus Edward abbreviation of Edwardus Edwardus Edward Egidia Giles female Egidius Giles male Elena Ellen Eleanora Eleanor can also be Ellen Elinora Eleanor can also be Ellen Eliza. Elizabeth (abbr. form) Elizabeta Elizabeth Emma Emme also Em, but not Emma which was revived 1800s Emmota Emmott "little Emme" Ethelreda Audrey Eugenius Eugene in Wales, Owen; in Scotland, Ewen Eusebius Eusaby Eustachius Eustace Eva Eve Ezekius Hezekiah Ezekielis Ezekiel Felicia Phillis Felix Felix male Ferdinandus Ferdinando not Ferdinand, but similar name Fida Faith Fedilia Troth Florens Florence male Franciscus Francis male Francisca Frances female (although sometimes used mistakenly as m.) Fridericus Frederick sometimes spelled Federicus Galfridus Geoffrey may mean Godfrey Gaufridus Geoffrey may mean Godfrey Gartruda Gertrude Gasparus Jasper Gatharuda Gertrude Georgius George Giraldus Gerald Girardus Gerald Gorgius George Gratia Grace Griselda Grizzel revived 1800s Gualcherius Walter Gualterius Walter Guido Guy Guinevra Winifred in Wales: Gwyneth, Jennifer Guglielmus William Gulielmus William Guillelminus Willemin Guillemota Wilmot female. common in Devon & Cornwall Hadrianus Adrian Hannor Hannah Hannoria Hannah Helena Helen but also Ellen, Elinor Hericus Harry also Henry? Henricus Henry Hierimia(s) Jeremiah Hieronimus Jerome (also Jeremy, Jeronimo) Homfridus Humphrey Honfridus Humphrey Honoria Honor Hugo Hugh I I = J so see J e.g. Iohannes = Johannes Ioannes John Isabella Isabel Isaakus Izaak Ishachus Izaac Jabus James abbr. of Jacobus = James Jacobus James Jacoba James Jana Jane Wales: Sian Janetta Janet Jeremia Jeremiah (Jeremy) Jerominus Jerome Jno. John abbr. of Johannes *never* let anyone tell you that this is Jonathan! It is *always* John. Joanna Joan Johanna Joan Wales: Sian Joannes John Johannes John Wales: Evan Johes John Josephus Joseph Josias Josiah Josua Joshua Judia Judy Juditta Judith Juliana Gillian (Jill) Julianus Julian male Katalina Katherine Katharina Katherine Laura Lore (not Laura, which is 19C) Laurentius Lawrence Lennardus Leonard Leonardus Leonard Leolinus Llewelyn Wales Lucas Luke Lucias Luke Lucia Lucy Ludovicus Louis (not Ludovic which is late 1800s) Marcus Mark Maria Mary Marianna Mary Ann Marina Marina Martinus Martin Matilda Maud (not Matilda as modern use) Mattheus Matthew Matthias Matthew Matthia Martha Martha Martha Mauritius Maurice Micaelis Michael Mycaelis Michael Misericordia Mercy Nicholas Nicholas Nicholaus Nicholas Octavius Octavius (an eighth son) Offylus Theophilus Oliverus Oliver Ollaferus Oliver Omfridus Humphrey Onfridus Humphrey Onoria Honor Patentia Patience Patricus Patrick Peregrinus Peregrine Petronella Parnel female Petrus Peter Philippa Philip female ! (she would be called Philip) Philipus Philip male Phillida Phillis female Phillipus Philip male Phineas Phineas Placentia Pleasant Radolphus Ralph Radulphus Ralph Ranulphus Ranulf Randulphus Randolph but Randall in Shropshire & Cheshire Reginaldus Reynell not Reginald which is 1800s Ric. Richard abbreviation Ricardus Richard Richdus Richard abbreviation Richardus Richard Ricus Rhys In Wales Ricus. Richard abbreviation of Richardus. Care here! Robertus Robert Rogerus Roger Rosa Rose Rosamunda Rosamund Rosamundi Rosamund Scientia Sense female Septimus Septimus (seventh son) Sextus Sextus (sixth son) Sibylla Sibyl Spes Hope Stephanus Stephen Sylvanus Sylvanus Terentius Terrence Thoma Thomas Thomas Thomas Tomas Thomas Thomasina Tamsin female. (sometimes Tomsin in use) Timotheus Timothy Tobias Toby Umfridus Humphrey Ursula Ursula sometimes called Ursley in use Wido Guy (see Guido) Willielmus William (illiterate written form of Gulielmus) Wilmota Wilmot female. Common in Devon & Cornwall Xpianus Crispian note that it was very common indeed Xpofer Christopher to write "Christ" as "X" (a cross) Xtianus Christian Xmas is not a modern abbreviation. Xtopher Christopher It was always written that way! Xtopherus Christopher
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