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    Post What is Jas stand for as Christian Name

    I have found an entry on a Marriage Record from St Andrews Church Worminford 1802 Name shown as Jas. Could someone Help please. I do not think that the Name Jason was in use around that time.

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    Jas is the common abbreviation for James.

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    Jas is short for James. Jn or Jhn is John.

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    Quote Originally Posted by v.wells View Post

    Birdlip beat me to it!
    That must be a first!

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    Quote Originally Posted by v.wells View Post
    Jas is short for James. Jn or Jhn is John.

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    Jno - is another common abbreviation for John (at least here in early Victoria, Australia)
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    There is a list of some common abbreviations on this very site!

    http://www.british-genealogy.com/res.../realnames.htm

    Note that the commonest abbreviation for John is Jno.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diannebower View Post
    I have found an entry on a Marriage Record from St Andrews Church Worminford 1802 Name shown as Jas. Could someone Help please. I do not think that the Name Jason was in use around that time.
    Sorry Jason was being used in 1802, on the 1841 census there are 7 Jason Smiths the oldest being born in 1786.
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    Jas is, of course, the very common abbreviation for James.

    And almost certainly would stand for James in that 1802 marriage record.

    But the mention of the name Jason and when it came into use is interesting (even leaving aside Jason & the Argonauts!).
    There's always something to think about, and to learn, on B-G.

    A check in the IGI finds lots of early chaps named Jason - for instance, extracted records from the parish registers as far back as the 1570s!
    I suspect that the name Jason would always have been spelled out in full.

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    My immediate thought would be James also
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    Default Jas is definitely James

    Hi Jane,

    Sorry if I gave the wrong impression.

    I have no doubt either that Jas is James.

    I was just interested - going off on a complete tangent - to find that a name such as Jason (always spelled out in full) which we probably tend to think of as fairly modern goes back so far ... I guess that it fell out of favour for a long time and then has enjoyed a resurgence quite recently.

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