[APG Public List] Abbreviations of given names

JFonkert at aol.com JFonkert at aol.com
Mon Mar 7 15:15:30 MST 2011

Dear List,
I posted this question this morning on the APG-members list.  I've  
received some helpful responses, including one that referenced an interesting  
article at 
_http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wmeacham/abbrjo.htm_ (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wmeacham/abbrjo.htm) 
The article deals with 17th Century English sources; I am working in  an 
1830s Kentucky estate record.  I am hoping someone can add more  information 
about given name abbreviations in Kentucky/Viriginia records from  this 
 Here is my original post:  
I ordinarily expect to find the name "John" abbreviated as "Jno," but I  
have seen lists of abbreviations that indicate "Jo" is an abbreviation of 
"John"  -- for example at: 
I need a more scholarly opinion.  Can anyone point me to an  authoritative 
source on the matter?  Thanks.

Jay Fonkert,  CG
Saint  Paul, MN

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