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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Ok, this thought just occured to me.
Why is it that the only first name that is ever abbreviated is William, which is Wm. I've never seen any other first name abbreviated before.
It's just strange..or am I missing some?
post #2 of 16
Good point, interesting! I have to think about this one.
post #3 of 16
Hmmm, I wasn't aware that even William could be abbreviated.
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Cougar
Hmmm, I wasn't aware that even William could be abbreviated.
Yes, my dad was named William and my brother is also and their mail was/is usually addressed with Wm.
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by stormy
Yes, my dad was named William and my brother is also and their mail was/is usually addressed with Wm.
Weird! Learn something new everyday
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by stormy
Ok, this thought just occured to me.
Why is it that the only first name that is ever abbreviated is William, which is Wm. I've never seen any other first name abbreviated before.
It's just strange..or am I missing some?
Less commonly used theses days I think , but...

James.....Jas.
Charles........Chas.
Thomas.........Thos.

Just off the top of my head. I'm sure there are more, but they don't come to mind just now.
post #7 of 16
Well my name Samantha is shortened to Sam, but I don't think that counts!
post #8 of 16
George....Geo.
Robert....Robt.
post #9 of 16
Wow, why have I never heard of this stuff?! Wm.? How strange!
post #10 of 16
Interesting point, don't believe I've ever given it a great deal of thought.
post #11 of 16
I never thought about it.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by rapunzel47
Less commonly used theses days I think , but...

James.....Jas.
Charles........Chas.
Thomas.........Thos.

Just off the top of my head. I'm sure there are more, but they don't come to mind just now.
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Originally Posted by Deb25
George....Geo.
Robert....Robt.
Thanks!! I kenw there had to be more, now that you mention it...I remember them!
post #13 of 16
Interesting. I've never even seen William abbreviated!
post #14 of 16
I only knew about Chas, Wm, and Jos (Joseph)...now you've got me wondering how many others there are that I don't know about!

http://www.nationalarchivist.com/index01/nameAbbr.cfm
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by joanne511
I only knew about Chas, Wm, and Jos (Joseph)...now you've got me wondering how many others there are that I don't know about!

http://www.nationalarchivist.com/index01/nameAbbr.cfm
Interesting site!
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by jcat
Interesting site!

thanks!!!
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