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Christian (first) Names
Occupations
Census - Relationship to Head of Family
1881 Census - Area Codes
Other Abreviations


Christian (first) Names

AbrAbraham
AlexAlexander
AlfAlfred
AmbAmbrose
AnthAnthony
Art (h)Arthur
BarbBarbara
BarthBartholomew
Ben (j)Benjamin
BridBridget
CathCatherine
CharltCharlotte
ChasCharles
ChrisChristopher
ClemClement
ConstConstance
CuthCuthbert
DanDaniel
DavDavid
DebDebora (h)
DenDen (n) is
DorDorothy
DougDouglas
EbenEbenezer
EdmEdmond or Edmund
EdwEdward
ElizElizabeth
ElnrEleanor
EusEustace
FraFrancis or Frances
FredFrederick
GabGabriel
GeoGeorge
GeofGeoffrey or Jeffrey
GodfGodfrey
GregGregory
HanHannah
HenHenry
HumphHumphrey
IsabIsabel
JacJacob
JasJames
JerhJeremiah
JimJames
JnJohn
JnthnJonathan
JosJoseph
JudJudith
KathKatherine
LenLeonard
LauLaurance
LawrLawrence
LetLettitia or Lettice
MargtMargaret
MargyMargery
MarmMarmaduke
Mat (t) hMatthew
MichMichael
MildMildred
MillMillicent
NathNathaniel
NehNehemiah
NichNicholas
OlivOliver
PetPeter
PhilPhilip
PhylPhyllis
PrisPriscilla
PruPrudence
RachRachel
RebRebecca
Ric (h)Richard
Rob (t)Robert
RogRoger
SamSamuel
SarSarah
SimSimon
SolSolomon
SteStephen
SusSusan
SusnhSusanna (h)
TheophTheophilus
ThosThomas
TimTimothy
UrsUrsula
WaltWalter
WinWinifred
WmWilliam
ZachZachariah

Occupations

aglabagricultural labourer
aldrmnalderman
apothcryapothecary
basketmkrbasket maker
bodicemakrbodice maker
bookkprbook keeper
bricklyrbrick layer
brushmkrbrush maker
butchrbutcher
carpntrcarpenter
clockmkrclock maker
coalmrchntcoal merchant
combmkrcomb maker
cordwnrcord wainer
dancingmstrdancing master
garnrgardener
heelmkrheel maker
innhldrinn holder
innkprinn keeper
ironmngriron monger
jerseycmbrjersey comber
labrlabourer
limernrlime burner
mercntmerchant
ostlrostler
perukemkrperuke maker
pipemkrpipe maker
plumbrplumber
schoolmstrschool master
servntservant
shoemkrshoe maker
staymkrstay maker
vict (llr)victualler
watchmkrwatch maker
wheelwrtwheel wright
woolcmbrwool comber
woolendrprwoolendraper
yeoyeoman

Census - Relationship to Head of Family

AsstAssistant
BarMBarmaid
BordBorder
BorWBorder's Wife
BroBrother
CompCompanion
Conv?
DauLDaughter in Law
DaurDaughter
FathFather
GdauGrandaughter
GsonGrandson
GvnsGoverness
HeadHead
HskpHousekeeper
InmtInmate
LodgLodger
Milt PrisMilitary Prisoner
MothMother
MotLMother in Law
NephNephew
NiecNiece
NrsC?
NursNurse
PaupPauper
Ptnt?
PuplPupil
SchlInmate of School
ServServant
SisSister
SisLSister in Law
SmotStep Mother
SonSon
SonLSon in Law
SsonStep Son
Supr?
VistVisitor
WatmWatchman
WifeWife

1881 Census - Area Codes

AMEAmerica
ATS?
BDFBedfordshire
BEKBerkshire
BUKBuckinghamshire
CAMCambridgeshire
CHH?
CHSCheshire
CONCornwall
CULCumberland
DBYDerbyshire
DEVDevon
DORDorset
DURDurham
EIN?
ENG?
ESSEssex
FLNFlintshire
FRA?
GLSGloucestershire
HAMHampshire
HEFHerefordshire
HRTHertfordshire
HUNHuntingdonshire
IDIIndia
IOMIsle of Man
IREIreland
KENKent
LANLancashire
LECLeicestershire
LINLincolnshire
MIDMiddlesex
MNMMonmouthshire
NFKNorfolk
NTHNorthamptonshire
NTMNorthumberland
NTTNottinghamshire
OXFOxfordshire
PRU?
RAD?
RUTRutland
SCTScotland
SHRShropshire
STFStaffordshire
SUFSuffolk
SURSurrey
SUSSussex
SWD?
WAL?
WARWarwickshire
WESWestmorland
WORWorcestershire
YKSYorkshire
ZET?

Other Abbreviations

almshssalmshouses
alsalias
AprApril
AugAugust
bborn
BPRBedfordshire Parish Registers
B.T.Bishops Transcripts
b (a) chbachelor
baptbaptised
Bapt MtgBaptist meeting
bastbastard
cf.compare
chchild
ddaughter
ddied or death
DecDecember
deldelete (d)
Drdoctor
dupduplicate
esqesquire
FebFebruary
gentgentleman
GtGreat
H of IndHouse of Industry
husb (ndmn)husbandman
illegillegible
illgtilligitimate
inf (t)infant
JanJanuary
JulJuly
JunJune
jun (r)junior
liclicence
LtLittle
MarMarch
Mrsmistress
MtgMeeting
mthsmonths
NovNovember
OctOctober
ppauper
parparish
pdpaid
recreceived
reg (s)register (s)
sson
s.b.still born
sen (r)senior
SepSeptember
sicas written in the original
sp (ins)spinster
StSaint
substsubstituted
unbapunbaptised
wwife
wdrwidower
widwidow
wksweeks
wrkhsworkhouse
yeoyeoman
ys (s)years

This page last updated 22nd June 2002