[APG Public List] Nickname question [Jane -> Jincy -> Incy]
Ida Skarson McCormick
idamc at seanet.com
Mon Nov 23 10:08:34 MST 2009
At 08:27 AM 11/23/2009, Craig Kilby wrote:
>I am having a devil of a time reconciling a problem, and I need your
>help. The question really boils down to just this: Is *Incy* a
>nickname for *Jane*?
>The time frame in question is 1670 to 1700 in Accomack County
>Virginia. I can provide more details if needed but this really is
>the gist of the problem.
The more common Southern nickname for Jane was Jincy. In New England
it was Jenny. The -cy and -sy nicknames were more popular in the South.
Incy makes sense because at that time J and I could still be
considered the same letter in the 24-character English alphabet.
"Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie [movable type]...."
According to a footnoted article in Wikipedia: "The first
English-language book to make a clear distinction between I and J was
published in 1634." However, I have seen I used in place of J as late
as the 1790 US census. It would not be surprising to see this usage
linger on. As Samuel L. Brown put it, names are "the fossils of speech."
--Ida Skarson McCormick, idamc at seanet.com, Seattle
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