Note on Names [ed.]

Vital records of Bedford is replete with what appear to be female nicknames listed as though they were “actual” first names. Perhaps some women were, in fact, given these “familiar” names at birth.

For the reader’s convenience, I collect here all  — or nearly all — such (seeming) nicknames, pairing them with the given name that I would expect to find in their places on “official” documents.

NicknameGiven Name
Abi / Abie

Nabbe / Nabby / Naby
Abigail
Dolle / Dolley Dorothy
Betsey

Bette / Bettee / Bettey
Elizabeth
Moley / Molley / Molly

Polley / Polly
Mary
Saley / Salle / Sally

Sary
Sarah

— Rand Hall
2021

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