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Abbreviations used on this site and in historical writings on the subject of Heraldry

Spectacles

Alphabetical by abbreviation:

Abbreviation Expanded Type Notes Reference
&c. (&c.) et cetera, (latin) meaning and others, or, and so forth Misc It's not expected that the reader will understand exactly what has been abridged, the reader is simply to understands that something formulaic has been abridged.
ar. Argent (silver) Tincture
Ayr. Ayrshire (Scotland) Place
az. Azure (blue) Tincture
b. Baron Title The Book of Family Crests (1862) Dictionary of Mottoes
Bart. Baronet Title
Beds. Bedfordshire Place
Berks. Berkshire Place
Betw Between File Names Our Image Files
BHH Bear Head Holding File Names Our Image Files
bt. Baronet Title The Book of Family Crests (1862) Dictionary of Mottoes
BTF Between the Forelegs File Names Our Image Files
BTP Between the Paws File Names Our Image Files
Bucks. Buckinghamshire Place
c. City Misc The Book of Family Crests (1862) Dictionary of Mottoes
C.B. Commander of the Bath Title GREAT BRITAIN AND INDIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Camb. Cambridgeshire Place
Chesh. Cheshire Place
Coll Collared File Names Our Image Files
comp. Company Misc The Book of Family Crests (1862) Dictionary of Mottoes
Cornw. Cornwall Place
Cpd Couped File Names Our Image Files
Ctr Center File Names Our Image Files
Cumb. Cumberland Place
d. Duke Title The Book of Family Crests (1862) Dictionary of Mottoes
D.C.L Doctor of Civil Laws Title
D.D. Doctor of Divinity Title
Derb. Derbyshire Place
Devon. Devonshire Place
Disp Displayed File Names Our Image Files
Displ Displayed File Names Our Image Files
Dors. Dorsetshire Place
Durh. Durham Place
e. Earle Title The Book of Family Crests (1862) Dictionary of Mottoes
Eng. England Place
Era Erased File Names Our Image Files
Eras Erased File Names Our Image Files
erm. Ermine Tincture
Ers Erased File Names Our Image Files
Ersd Erased File Names Our Image Files
Ess. Essex Place
FOXHH FOX HEAD HOLDING File Names Our Image Files
G.B. Great Britain Place
G.C.B. Grand Cross of the Bath Title GREAT BRITAIN AND INDIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
G.C.H. Knight Grand Cross of the Guelphic Order Title HANOVER The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Glouc. Gloucestershire Place
gu. Gules (red) Tincture
Hants. Hampshire Place
Hd Head File Names Our Image Files
Heref. Herefordshire Place
Herts. Hertfordshire Place
Hold Holding File Names Our Image Files
Hunts. Huntingdonshire Place
Iri. Ireland Place
K.A. Knight of Annunciation of Sardinia Title The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.A. Knight of St. Andrew Title RUSSIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.A.N. Knight of Alexander Newski Title RUSSIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.B.A. St. Bento d’Avis Title PORTUGAL The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.B.E. Knight of the Black Eagle Title PRUSSIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.C. Knight of the Crescent Title TURKEY The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.C.B. Knight Commander of the Bath Title GREAT BRITAIN AND INDIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.C.H. Knight Commander of the Guelphic Order Title HANOVER The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.C.S. Knight of Charles the Third Title SPAIN The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.E. Knight of the Elephant Title DENMARK The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.F. Knight of Ferdinand Title SPAIN The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.G. Knight of the Garter Title GREAT BRITAIN AND INDIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.G.C. Knight Grand Cross of Cruziero Title Brazils [sic] The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.G.F. Knight of the Golden Fleece Title SPAIN The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.G.V. Knight of Gustavus Vasa Title SWEDEN The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.H. Knight of the Guelphic Order Title HANOVER The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.H. Knight of the Hermenegilde Title SPAIN The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.H.G. Knight of the Holy Ghost Title France The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.J. Knight of St. Januarius Title NAPLES The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.L. Knight of Leopold Title AUSTRIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.M. Knight of MALTA Title The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.M.H. Knight of Merit in HOLSTEIN Title The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.M.J. Knight of Maximilian Joseph Title Bavaria The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.M.M. Knight of the Order of Military Merit Title PRUSSIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.M.T. Knight of Maria Theresa Title AUSTRIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.P. Knight of St. Patrick Title GREAT BRITAIN AND INDIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.P.S. Knight of the Polar Star Title SWEDEN The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.R.E. Knight of the Red Eagle. Title PRUSSIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.S. Knight of the Sword Title SWEDEN The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.S.A. Knight of St. Anne Title RUSSIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.S.C. Knight of Constantine and St. George Title The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.S.E. Knight of St. Esprit Title FRANCE The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.S.F. Knight of the St. Ferdinand and Merit Title SICILY The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.S.G. Knight of St. George Title RUSSIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.S.H. Knight of Hubert [sic] Title Possibly Knight of St. Hubert The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.S.I. Knight of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India Title 1861 GREAT BRITAIN AND INDIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.S.J. Knight of St. John Title PRUSSIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.S.J. Knight of St. Joseph Title Tuscany The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.S.L. Knight of St. Louis of France Title The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.S.L. Knight of Sun and Lion Title PERSIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.S.M. Knight of St. Maurice Title The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.S.M.G. Knight of St. Michael and St. George Title The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.S.P. Knight of St. Stanislaus Title POLAND The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.S.W. Knight of St. Wladimir Title RUSSIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.T. Knight of the Thistle Title GREAT BRITAIN AND INDIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.T.S. Knight of the Tower and Sword Title PORTUGAL The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.W. Knight of William Title NETHERLANDS The Book of Family Crests (1862)
K.W.E. Knight of the White Eagle Title POLAND The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Knt. Knight Title
l. Lord Title The Book of Family Crests (1862) Dictionary of Mottoes
Lanc. Lancashire Place
Leic. Leicestershire Place
Linc. Lincolnshire Place
m. Marquis Title The Book of Family Crests (1862) Dictionary of Mottoes
M.D. Doctor of Medicine Title
Midd. Middlesex Place
Middx. Middlesex Place
Monm. Monmouthshire Place
MS Manuscript Miscellaneous A document or book written and or painted by hand rather than printed, or typed. When referenced in heraldry books this probably referes to a document that predates the printing press or a document copied by hand from an earlier document. Complete Guide to Heraldry - Fox Daview
n. Number Misc
N.S. Nova Scotia Place
Norf. Norfolk Place
Northamp. Northamptonshire Place
Northumb. Northumberland Place
Notts. Nottinghamshire Place
Oxon. Oxfordshire Place
pl. Plate Misc Older books often used two different types of Illustrations. Illustrations inline with the text, often a woodcut blocks, and separate illustration pages printed from engraved plates of copper, steel, or zinc.
ppr. Proper Tincture Natural or normal color, rather than a Heraldic color.
purp. Purpure (purple) Tincture
Rampt Rampant File Names Our Image Files
Rmpt Rampant File Names Our Image Files
Ruts. Rutlandshire Place
sa. Sable (black) Tincture
Salop. Shropshire Place
Sco. Scotland Place
SHEH SWAN HEAD ERASED HOLDING File Names Our Image Files
sin. Sinople (fr. Green) Tincture
Somers. Somersetshire Place
St. Saint Title
Staff. Staffordshire Place
Suff. Suffolk Place
Surr. Surrey Place England, County
Suss. Sussex Place
t. Town Misc The Book of Family Crests (1862) Dictionary of Mottoes
U.K. United Kingdom Place
v. Viscount Title The Book of Family Crests (1862) Dictionary of Mottoes
Visc. Viscount Title
Warw. Warwickshire Place
Wel. Wales Place
Westm. Westmoreland Place
Wilts. Wiltshire Place
WolfHH Wolf Head Holding File Names Our Image Files
WolfHP Wolf Head Patterned File Names Our Image Files
Worc. Worcestershire Place
York. Yorkshire Place

Grouped:

Type Abbreviation Expanded Notes Reference
Misc &c. (&c.) et cetera, (latin) meaning and others, or, and so forth It's not expected that the reader will understand exactly what has been abridged, the reader is simply to understands that something formulaic has been abridged.
Tincture ar. Argent (silver)
Place Ayr. Ayrshire (Scotland)
Tincture az. Azure (blue)
Title b. Baron The Book of Family Crests (1862) Dictionary of Mottoes
Title Bart. Baronet
Place Beds. Bedfordshire
Place Berks. Berkshire
File Names Betw Between Our Image Files
File Names BHH Bear Head Holding Our Image Files
Title bt. Baronet The Book of Family Crests (1862) Dictionary of Mottoes
File Names BTF Between the Forelegs Our Image Files
File Names BTP Between the Paws Our Image Files
Place Bucks. Buckinghamshire
Misc c. City The Book of Family Crests (1862) Dictionary of Mottoes
Title C.B. Commander of the Bath GREAT BRITAIN AND INDIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Place Camb. Cambridgeshire
Place Chesh. Cheshire
File Names Coll Collared Our Image Files
Misc comp. Company The Book of Family Crests (1862) Dictionary of Mottoes
Place Cornw. Cornwall
File Names Cpd Couped Our Image Files
File Names Ctr Center Our Image Files
Place Cumb. Cumberland
Title d. Duke The Book of Family Crests (1862) Dictionary of Mottoes
Title D.C.L Doctor of Civil Laws
Title D.D. Doctor of Divinity
Place Derb. Derbyshire
Place Devon. Devonshire
File Names Disp Displayed Our Image Files
File Names Displ Displayed Our Image Files
Place Dors. Dorsetshire
Place Durh. Durham
Title e. Earle The Book of Family Crests (1862) Dictionary of Mottoes
Place Eng. England
File Names Era Erased Our Image Files
File Names Eras Erased Our Image Files
Tincture erm. Ermine
File Names Ers Erased Our Image Files
File Names Ersd Erased Our Image Files
Place Ess. Essex
File Names FOXHH FOX HEAD HOLDING Our Image Files
Place G.B. Great Britain
Title G.C.B. Grand Cross of the Bath GREAT BRITAIN AND INDIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title G.C.H. Knight Grand Cross of the Guelphic Order HANOVER The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Place Glouc. Gloucestershire
Tincture gu. Gules (red)
Place Hants. Hampshire
File Names Hd Head Our Image Files
Place Heref. Herefordshire
Place Herts. Hertfordshire
File Names Hold Holding Our Image Files
Place Hunts. Huntingdonshire
Place Iri. Ireland
Title K.A. Knight of Annunciation of Sardinia The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.A. Knight of St. Andrew RUSSIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.A.N. Knight of Alexander Newski RUSSIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.B.A. St. Bento d’Avis PORTUGAL The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.B.E. Knight of the Black Eagle PRUSSIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.C. Knight of the Crescent TURKEY The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.C.B. Knight Commander of the Bath GREAT BRITAIN AND INDIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.C.H. Knight Commander of the Guelphic Order HANOVER The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.C.S. Knight of Charles the Third SPAIN The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.E. Knight of the Elephant DENMARK The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.F. Knight of Ferdinand SPAIN The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.G. Knight of the Garter GREAT BRITAIN AND INDIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.G.C. Knight Grand Cross of Cruziero Brazils [sic] The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.G.F. Knight of the Golden Fleece SPAIN The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.G.V. Knight of Gustavus Vasa SWEDEN The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.H. Knight of the Guelphic Order HANOVER The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.H. Knight of the Hermenegilde SPAIN The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.H.G. Knight of the Holy Ghost France The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.J. Knight of St. Januarius NAPLES The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.L. Knight of Leopold AUSTRIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.M. Knight of MALTA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.M.H. Knight of Merit in HOLSTEIN The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.M.J. Knight of Maximilian Joseph Bavaria The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.M.M. Knight of the Order of Military Merit PRUSSIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.M.T. Knight of Maria Theresa AUSTRIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.P. Knight of St. Patrick GREAT BRITAIN AND INDIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.P.S. Knight of the Polar Star SWEDEN The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.R.E. Knight of the Red Eagle. PRUSSIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.S. Knight of the Sword SWEDEN The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.S.A. Knight of St. Anne RUSSIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.S.C. Knight of Constantine and St. George The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.S.E. Knight of St. Esprit FRANCE The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.S.F. Knight of the St. Ferdinand and Merit SICILY The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.S.G. Knight of St. George RUSSIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.S.H. Knight of Hubert [sic] Possibly Knight of St. Hubert The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.S.I. Knight of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India 1861 GREAT BRITAIN AND INDIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.S.J. Knight of St. John PRUSSIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.S.J. Knight of St. Joseph Tuscany The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.S.L. Knight of St. Louis of France The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.S.L. Knight of Sun and Lion PERSIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.S.M. Knight of St. Maurice The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.S.M.G. Knight of St. Michael and St. George The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.S.P. Knight of St. Stanislaus POLAND The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.S.W. Knight of St. Wladimir RUSSIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.T. Knight of the Thistle GREAT BRITAIN AND INDIA The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.T.S. Knight of the Tower and Sword PORTUGAL The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.W. Knight of William NETHERLANDS The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title K.W.E. Knight of the White Eagle POLAND The Book of Family Crests (1862)
Title Knt. Knight
Title l. Lord The Book of Family Crests (1862) Dictionary of Mottoes
Place Lanc. Lancashire
Place Leic. Leicestershire
Place Linc. Lincolnshire
Title m. Marquis The Book of Family Crests (1862) Dictionary of Mottoes
Title M.D. Doctor of Medicine
Place Midd. Middlesex
Place Middx. Middlesex
Place Monm. Monmouthshire
Miscellaneous MS Manuscript A document or book written and or painted by hand rather than printed, or typed. When referenced in heraldry books this probably referes to a document that predates the printing press or a document copied by hand from an earlier document. Complete Guide to Heraldry - Fox Daview
Misc n. Number
Place N.S. Nova Scotia
Place Norf. Norfolk
Place Northamp. Northamptonshire
Place Northumb. Northumberland
Place Notts. Nottinghamshire
Place Oxon. Oxfordshire
Misc pl. Plate Older books often used two different types of Illustrations. Illustrations inline with the text, often a woodcut blocks, and separate illustration pages printed from engraved plates of copper, steel, or zinc.
Tincture ppr. Proper Natural or normal color, rather than a Heraldic color.
Tincture purp. Purpure (purple)
File Names Rampt Rampant Our Image Files
File Names Rmpt Rampant Our Image Files
Place Ruts. Rutlandshire
Tincture sa. Sable (black)
Place Salop. Shropshire
Place Sco. Scotland
File Names SHEH SWAN HEAD ERASED HOLDING Our Image Files
Tincture sin. Sinople (fr. Green)
Place Somers. Somersetshire
Title St. Saint
Place Staff. Staffordshire
Place Suff. Suffolk
Place Surr. Surrey England, County
Place Suss. Sussex
Misc t. Town The Book of Family Crests (1862) Dictionary of Mottoes
Place U.K. United Kingdom
Title v. Viscount The Book of Family Crests (1862) Dictionary of Mottoes
Title Visc. Viscount
Place Warw. Warwickshire
Place Wel. Wales
Place Westm. Westmoreland
Place Wilts. Wiltshire
File Names WolfHH Wolf Head Holding Our Image Files
File Names WolfHP Wolf Head Patterned Our Image Files
Place Worc. Worcestershire
Place York. Yorkshire

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