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Irish Nicknames

Hi,

I wonder if anyone knows of a book or a web site where I may research typical nicknames used in Ireland (such as Ann being a shortened version of Anastasia or Hannah)?  Or a book that gives the Irish form of names?

I'd appreciate your suggestion.

Carol 

Caroline59

Monday 28th August 2017, 04:45PM

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  • This link gives you the Irish form of many common names. It doesn't particualrly cover nicknames, or diminutive names. 

    http://www.namenerds.com/irish/trans.html

    Elwyn

    Monday 28th August 2017, 05:16PM
  • I've been collecting nicknames and name variants from various places as I do my genealogical reserach.  Here's what I have so far:

    Boys’ Nicknames

    Alistair  =  Alexander

    Bartle, Bartly, Bat, Batty  =  Bartholomew.

    Castor  =  Christopher

    Con, Corny  =  Conor [Corny is from Latin form:  Cornelius]

    Daniel  =  David (due to poor penmanship and misreading or miscopying)

    David  =  Daniel (due to poor penmanship and misreading or miscopying)

    Darby  =  Dermot

    Edward  =  Edmond, Eamon (due to phonetic similarity)

    Gerald  =  Garrett, Gerard, Gerailt, Gearoid

    Jacob  =  James (because of Latin form Jacobus)

    Kit  =  Christopher

    Lack and Lacky  =  Laughlin

    Neily  =  Cornelius

    Patrick  =  Bartholomew (through confusion of respective diminutives Pat and Bat)

    Roddy, Rory  =  Roderick

    Sandy  =  Alexander

    Owen  =  Eugene (both being used as translations of the Irish Eoghain)

    Peter  =  Patrick (in Ulster)

    Theobold  =  Tobias (because of shared diminutive = Toby)

    Toby  =  Theobold

     

    Abbreviations

    Danl, Dan  =  Daniel

    Jas, Js  =  James

    Jer, Dem  =  Dermot, Jeremiah [from Demetrius]

    Jno, Jn  =  Jonathan, John

    Jos  =  Joseph

    Lau  =  Lawrence [from Laurentius]

    Matt  =  Matthew

    Mich, Michl, Mick  =  Michael

    Nics, Nich  =  Nicholas

    Patt  =  Patrick

    Thos  =  Thomas

    Wm  =  William

     

    Girls’ Names/Nicknames

    Alice  =  Ellen (due to the diminutive Eily for the Irish names Eilis and Eileen)

    Abigail  =  Deborah (due to the similarity of their respective diminutives)

    Abbie and Debbie  =  Gubbie (the diminutive of the Irish Gobnet or Gobinet)

    Ant, Anty, Ally  =  Anastasia, Anastatia, Anstace

    Beesy  =  Bridget

    Bess, Bessie, Betsy  =  Elizabeth

    Biddy, Biddie, Brid, Bride  =  Bridget

    Bridget  =  Bedelia, Delia, Bessy

    Centy  =  Hyacinth

    Eliza, Liza, Lizzie  =  Elizabeth

    Fanny  =  Frances

    Giles  =  Cecily, Cecilia, Celia, Julia (as renderings of the Irish Sheelagh)

    Grizell  =  Grace (In Ulster)

    Gubbie  =  Gobinet, Deborah, Debbie

    Hannah, Hanna  =  Honora, Johanna, Anna

    Honor, Honny, Onny, Noey, Norah  =  Honora, Honoria

    Jane, Jean, Joan  =  Joan, Jean (all rendered Johanna in Latin)

    Jude, Judith, Judy  =  Julia (due to similarity of their diminutives Judy and Julie)

    Jude, Judy, Juggy  =  Judith

    Maggie, Maggyy  =  Margaret

    Molly, Mally, May  =  Mary

    Nancy, Nance, Nanny  =  Anne, Hannah

    Nappy  =  Nuala, Fionnuala

    Nell, Nelly  =  Ellen, Eleanor, Helen [from Latin Helena, Eleanora]

    Noey, Norah, Onny  =  Honora, Honoria

    Peg, Peggy  =  Margaret

    Polly  =  Mary, Martha

    Sally  =  Sarah, Sorcha

    Susan  =  Johanna (a rendering of the Irish Siobhán)

     

    Latin Forms of Names.  Baptisms and marriages were recorded in either Latin or English, never in Irish.  Generally, where English was more common English was used and Latin was used in Irish speaking parishes.  There is however, no consistency.  The Latin version of the first name was given while the surname and place name were still written in English.

    For Boys:

    Carolus  =  Charles

    Cornelius  =  Latin form used for the Irish name Conor (Conchobar), which has also been anglicized as Cornelius, Conor, and sometimes Neil or Neily.

    Demetrius  =  Latinized form of the Irish name Diarmaid, which has been anglicized as Dermot, Jeremiah, Jerome, Jerry, and even Darby.

    Dionysius  =  Latinized form of the Irish name Donncha, which has been anglicized as Denis

    Donatius  =  Daniel

    Eneas  =  Latinized form of the Irish name Aonghus, which has been anglicized as Angus

    Eugenius  =  Latinized form of the Irish name Eoghan, which has been anglicized as Owen

    Gulielmus  =  William, Liam

    Hugones  =  Latinized form of the Irish name Aodh, which has been anglicized as Hugh

    Nigellus  =  Neil, Niall

    Ioannes  =  Latinized form of the Irish names Seán and Eoghan, which have been anglicized as John and Owen

    Jacobus  =  Latinized form of the Irish names Seamus, which has been anglicized as Jacob or James

    Johanes, Joannes  =  Latinized form of the Irish names Seán and Eoghan, which have been anglicized as John and Owen

    Kyrianus  =  Kieran

    Patricius / Patritius  =  Patrick

    Randolphus  =  Randall, Randolph: Ralph

    Timotheus, Thaddeus  =  Tadgh, Thady, Timothy

     

    For Girls:

    Anna  =  Ann(e)

    Brigida / Brigita  =  Bridget

    Honoria  =  Hannah, Nora, Norry

    Ioanna  =  Latinized form of the Irish name Siobhán, which has been anglicized as Johanna, Hannah, Joan, and Jane

    Johana  =  Latinized form of the Irish name Siobhán, which has been anglicized as Johanna, Hannah, Joan, and Jane

    Juliana  =  Julia

    Margarita  =  Margaret, Peg (Peig is actually the Irish name for Margaret)

    Maria  =  Latinized form of the Irish name Máire, which has been anglicized as Mary or Marie

     

     

    kevin45sfl

    Tuesday 29th August 2017, 12:57AM
  • Sorry about the multiple-line spacing.  Not sure how that happened and I can't seem to revise it.

    kevin45sfl

    Tuesday 29th August 2017, 01:02AM
  • Lacky = Malachy

    Judith in Irish = Siobhan

    Penny = Penelope

    Gerard, IrelandXO Parish Liaison Lackagh

    Sunday 10th September 2017, 08:50PM
  • Many thanks for the information!  This is just what I have been looking for.  

    Carol

    Caroline59

    Wednesday 13th September 2017, 10:58AM