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what name is shortened to 'Jno'?

Fri, 11 Aug 2006 22:22:04 GMT alt.genealogy

David Rowell...
I keep running in to 'Jno' as a given name in old census images.
Sometimes the enumerator has gone to great pains to write the 'o' in a
superscript position.

Jno. is an old fashioned short form of the name John. I never
have understood this, but I've run into it many times.

Could be Jonathan.

Graeme Wall...
No, it is always John, a short form of the latin version of the name.

Jane Benn...
I beg to differ. It was used for my gg grandfather in at least one census,
and a newspaper obituary, and his name, (according to both the family bible,
and the church baptismal record) was Jonathon. So now I look for both John
and Jonathon whenever I see that abbreviation.

Well let's assume GG Grandfather was commonly referred to by friends and
family as John despite his formal name.

Let's equally assume that when the census ennumerator arrived to as who
was present in the house overnight on the Nth. of census month.

Also the person who did give the ennumerator the list simply used the
name John instead of expanding it and the ennumerator wrote that down
without question.

Now a transcriber gets this as the one hundred and twenty twelfth paper
he's transcribing and he decides to use the oft used abbreviation of Jno
instead of writing one extra letter.

Jane Benn...
I suppose that is possible, although it doesn't explain the newspaper
obituary. But the point is that Jno is not ALWAYS used for John. Whether it
is used in error for Jonathon, or because it was a legitimate short form for
it is immaterial. You should check for both names until you can establish
the correct name.