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ShirleyThompson
19-11-2010, 3:28 AM
I've seen "Jno" over and over again as a short-form for a name, in census reports, along the lines of Jas=James, Thos=Thomas, etc. Does it stand for Jonathan? I can't come up with anything that fits.

Thanks,
Shirley

Jenjen
19-11-2010, 3:38 AM
I think it is just an abbreviation for John or Johannes. I have seen this several times in my family. One suggestion was that the o was just a period, written, as some do, with a circle.
Jen

JohnN
19-11-2010, 5:50 AM
In the majority of cases it stands for 'John'.

John (Jno)
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JohnN
19-11-2010, 5:51 AM
Oops - it came out twice - after telling me there was an error..
Sorry about that!

Guy Etchells
19-11-2010, 7:14 AM
If the person who used the abbreviation knew and used the common abbreviation it stood for John.

However more than a few times the person using the abbreviation simply made up an abbreviation for themselves and it could stand for many name in the same way as Jas commonly stands for James but could equally mean Jason.

The best approach is to keep the abbreviated form and only expand it when you obtain other sources to prove what was in the writer's mind.
Cheers
Guy

ShirleySS
19-11-2010, 2:03 PM
I have come across a couple of Jno's who did turn out to be Jonathons. Strange one!
ShirleySS

Peter Goodey
19-11-2010, 3:35 PM
Jno always means John unless the writer made a mistake.

DianaCanada
19-11-2010, 9:04 PM
Jno was the abbreviation for Johannes, Jas for Jacobus, Jos for Josephus - all Latin forms of John, James, Joseph.

Retlaw
19-11-2010, 11:12 PM
Its the abreviation of Jonathan, the catholic registers call him Johannes.
Posh name for John.

Retlaw

ShirleyThompson
20-11-2010, 6:23 AM
Thank you, everyone, for your replies!

Shirley :)