Forename Abbreviations - Bassett’s County Directories

About Bassett’s County Directories

George Henry Bassett produced 7 Irish county directories in the 1880s: Antrim, Armagh, Down, Kilkenny, Louth, Tipperary and Wexford. Each provides useful history of the respective counties as well as lists of office holders, farmers, traders, and other residents of the individual cities, towns and villages.

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The directories are naturally an invaluable resource for those tracing family history. However, there are a few points to bear in mind.

  1. These online versions are designed primarily as a genealogical research tool and therefore the numerous advertisements in the original books, many full page, and quite a few illustrated, have been excluded.
  2. The texts have been proofed with due care, but with large bodies of text typographical errors are inevitably bound to occur.
  3. Be aware that there were often inconsistencies in spelling surnames in the 19th century and also that many forenames are abbreviated in Bassett’s directories.

With respect to the last point, surnames which today begin with the “Mc” prefix, for example, were often formerly spelt as “M‘,”. For a list of some of the more common forename abbreviations used in the directory, see Forename Abbreviations.

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Below is a list of some of the more common forename abbreviations used in Bassett’s Irish county directories.

  • Benjamin—Benjn.
  • Bridget—Bt.
  • Charles—Chas.
  • Cornelius—Corns.
  • David—Dd.
  • Daniel—Dl.
  • Edward—Ed., Edw., Edwd.
  • Edmund—Edm.
  • Francis—Fras.
  • George—Geo.
  • Henry—Hy., Hny.
  • James—Jas.
  • John—Jno.
  • Joseph—Jos.
  • Laurence—Lce.
  • Maurice—Mce.
  • Michael—Ml., Mchl.
  • Margaret—Mt.
  • Matthew—Matt., Mttw.
  • Mary—My.
  • Nathaniel—Nl., Nathl.
  • Patrick—Ptk., Patk.
  • Richard—Rd., Rich., Richd.
  • Robert—Rt., Robt.
  • Samuel—Sl., Saml.
  • Stephen—Stn.
  • Thomas—Thos.
  • William—Wm.