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    Please could someone tell me what the name JNO is short for? I found the name in the IGI and not sure if it is a short version of John.

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    You are correct

    Jno = John
    Wm = William
    Jas = James

    etc...

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    One of my lot used JNO for Junior when father and son, with the same names, (not John) lived together.

    However, I think the abbreviation for Junior should really be JNR. I would not trust my lot to have got anything right.

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    Probably worth posing this link

    (Its on the FreeReg site)

    http://freereg.rootsweb.com/howto/realnames.htm

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    Thanks for that link Alan, that just told me my Jon. is indeed Jonathan as I suspected. I worked out Wm., Jas. and Chas. on my own .

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    Thanks to all who helped with my query. I'd sorted out Hy for Henry, Chas for Charles and Lottie for Charlotte but couldn't fathom why John would be shortened to JNO!

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    Be very careful extending "abbreviated" names sometimes the name was not abbreviated but was the full name.
    Also ensure to check other sources to prove the assumption of full name was correct, remember the person who wrote the contraction may not have know the correct protocol and simply used their own contractions.
    Best practice is not to extend or contract anything when copying records until other sources confirm or deny the assumption.
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    I understand where you are coming from Guy, but I think we are pretty safe with Hy and Jno, as it simply isn't possible that these are real names. Now, I understand Chas could be a name (although in my case it was short for Charles). I guess it is always safe to double check though .

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    In the case of one of my relatives, the Jno stood for Jane - as in "Mary Jno". If I hadn't been 100% certain that I had the right family and hadn't known that, the Jno would have thrown me completely!

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    I recently realised why I was getting confused over one section of my tree... There were two daughters of a particular couple- one called Elizabeth and the other Eliza. At first I'd assumed these were the same person and merrily put Elizabeth in all the relevant entries, it was only later on I realised that I now have to transfer Elizabeth's marriage, children, etc, etc across to Eliza.

    Distinct lack of originality on the parent's behalf though in the naming!

    But a good lesson learnt for me!

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