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android
15-09-2005, 1:38 PM
I have an ancestor who alledgedly moved to Canada by the maiden name of Cissie RATCLIFFE! What do others believe it short for? I cannot find a child baptised by that name! I cannot find a marriage between Cissie and her SPENCER husband, nor can i find one between any of the known children and a SPENCER male! Dont know when, don't know where (as the song goes) but the decade post WW1 seems likely! Any advice out there?

Suebartlett
15-09-2005, 2:03 PM
Hi
I have a Sissy that was short for Celia. May also have been Cecilia or Cecile.
Sue

jeeb
15-09-2005, 2:06 PM
It can often be a shortened form of Priscilla.

Jeremy

Diane Grant-Salmon
15-09-2005, 2:22 PM
The family always called my Grandmother Cissie ..... her forename was Christiana! :(

keith9351
15-09-2005, 7:13 PM
I've seen it as a shortened version of FRANCIS, could be because of the cis at the end.

TerryK
15-09-2005, 7:31 PM
They called me cissy at school, and my name is Terence ?

It`s a hard life

Clive Blackaby
16-09-2005, 2:55 AM
My mother's cousin Frances was known as Cissie. Only found her real name when researching the family tree and found her mother's middle name was Frances - the rest was pure deduction :D

Ladkyis
16-09-2005, 3:05 AM
My ex husband's aunt was known as Cissie and her given name was Cecelia

Ann

Lynda Cunningham
16-09-2005, 3:21 AM
My grandmother was called Cissie Georgina.
I assumed Cissie wasn't her *real* name, but they are the names on her birth, marriage & death certificates.

I've just had a look on FreeBMD and there are four Cissie RATCLIFFE births listed between 1904 & 1910.

Best wishes
Lynda

kmdward
17-09-2005, 12:42 PM
my great-aunt was known as Cissie short for 'little sister' only girl in a family of boys, her real name was May.

android
17-09-2005, 3:06 PM
My grandmother was called Cissie Georgina.
I assumed Cissie wasn't her *real* name, but they are the names on her birth, marriage & death certificates.

I've just had a look on FreeBMD and there are four Cissie RATCLIFFE births listed between 1904 & 1910.

Best wishes
Lynda

I think i may have discarded them as an option Lynda as they werent Derby births (?) but will look again as i think i may need to widen my search! Its a question of comparing the children in the household (from census lists) & considering the possibilities of a Cissie being amoungst them! We have a Mary Annie (k/a Nance for most of her life -my Gran!), Ada, Elizabeth, Clara & Emily!

One other avenue that i need to explore is what happened to her siblings - maybe they can unravel the mystery?

In the meantime thanks for all the input - frightening as it has turned out to be!

Andrea

android
17-09-2005, 5:30 PM
The BMD refs are out i'm afraid! Going to try the suggested names in various search engines and see what comes up! Thanks for all the help and keep it coming!

Dewi
05-10-2005, 12:34 PM
There was a lot of info last year on TV about the last Empress of Austria, Elizabeth. She was also known as Sissie.

suzzie
06-10-2005, 12:51 AM
This is a coincidence, only last week I asked my Aunty what her Aunty Cissie was short for. Her reply .....Elizabeth.

splouffe
03-02-2006, 6:12 PM
My Cissie on the 1901 census was Sarah on documentation papers!

tommy166
30-05-2006, 3:17 PM
My mother could never manage her sister's name of Muriel, so she always called Cissie in the family, although most of her friends call her Muriel! And none of the other siblings are called by their first names, always one of their middle names!

Blanche Charles
31-05-2006, 9:23 AM
My husband's Aunt Cissie was actually named Margaret!

xamrenrut
31-05-2006, 9:50 AM
My Auntie in the Isle of Man was Elizabeth Ellen Kermode, and throughout her 80 or so years she was always known as Cissie.

Justme
31-05-2006, 4:48 PM
Don't forget Cicely!

android
01-06-2006, 12:26 PM
Well folks - it seems that Cissie can stand for just about anything! A friend of mine said she understood it to mean Sister!!! I hadnt thought of that one!! I think i'll call it a day now!

xamrenrut
01-06-2006, 12:45 PM
You really started something here, didn't you?

amethyst0_9
01-06-2006, 5:09 PM
My grandmother was called cissie - short for sarah elizabeth

android
30-07-2008, 10:24 PM
Thought i'd update you all on ,y old thread request - it seems that my Cissie/Sissie was 'short' for Bertha!!!!!!!!!!!! I think it was because she was the oldest sister in the family!

I have found her emigration to Canada from Derby in 1913 but she died within months of arrival from pneumonia poor thing!

Andrea

v.wells
31-07-2008, 2:44 AM
They called me cissy at school, and my name is Terence ?

It`s a hard life

|laugh1||laugh1||laugh1|Thankyou Terence! I needed a good laugh today and you provided well:D

MrsA
31-07-2008, 11:38 AM
I know this has now been resolved but i thought i would add my 2 pence worth in .... I have recently found a Cissie in my distant tree and she is a Mary Elizabeth.

MrsA

Clive Blackaby
04-08-2008, 2:06 AM
They called me cissy at school, and my name is Terence ?

It`s a hard life
But not quite so hard as my colleague who has now changed his name to Terry

He was originally called Tracy, poor chap!!

(I think his Mum had a "thing" for Spencer Tracy. Like a couple I know who did all their courting to the "Sound of Music", and called their offspring Julie and Andrew. There oughta be a law against it!!)