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

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Alphabetical by abbreviation:

Abbreviation Expanded Type Notes Reference
&c. (&c.) et cetera, (latin) meaning and others, or, and so forth Misc It's not that the "reader will understand exactly what has been abridged"; the reader only understands that something formulaic has been abridged.
Æ. age Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Æt. age Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
ar. Argent (silver) Tincture
Ayr. Ayrshire (Scotland) Place
az. Azure (blue) Tincture
b. born Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
b. Baron Title From dictionary of Mottoes
bap. baptized Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
bapt. baptized Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Bart. Baronet Title
bd. buried Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Beds. Bedfordshire Place
Berks. Berkshire Place
bt. Baronet Title From dictionary of Mottoes
bu. buried Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Bucks. Buckinghamshire Place
bur. buried Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
burd. buried Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
c. City Misc From dictionary of Mottoes
C.B. Commander of the Bath Title
Camb. Cambridgeshire Place
Chesh. Cheshire Place
co. in the country of Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
coh. coheir Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
cohr. coheir Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
com. in the country of Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
comp. Company Misc From dictionary of Mottoes
Cornw. Cornwall Place
Cumb. Cumberland Place
d. died Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
d. Duke Title From dictionary of Mottoes
D.C.L Doctor of Civil Laws Title
D.D. Doctor of Divinity Title
da. daughter Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
dau. daughter Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Derb. Derbyshire Place
Devon. Devonshire Place
Dors. Dorsetshire Place
Durh. Durham Place
e. Earle Title From dictionary of Mottoes
Eng. England Place
erm. Ermine Tincture
Ess. Essex Place
fil. et hær son and heir Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
G.B. Great Britain Place
G.C.B. Grand Cross of the Bath Title
Glouc. Gloucestershire Place
gu. Gules (red) Tincture
h. heir Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Hants. Hampshire Place
Heref. Herefordshire Place
Herts. Hertfordshire Place
His. History Misc Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
hr. ap. heir apparent Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
hr. appart. heir apparent Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Hunts. Huntingdonshire Place
Iri. Ireland Place
K.C.B. Knight Commander of the Bath Title
K.G. Knight of the Garter Title
K.P. Knight of St. Patrick Title
K.T. Knight of the Thistle Title
Knt. Knight Title
l. Lord Title From dictionary of Mottoes
Lanc. Lancashire Place
Leic. Leicestershire Place
Linc. Lincolnshire Place
m. married Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
m. Marquis Title From dictionary of Mottoes
M.D. Doctor of Medicine Title
mar. married Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
md. married Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Midd. Middlesex Place
Middx. Middlesex Place
Monm. Monmouthshire Place
n. Number Misc
N.S. Nova Scotia Place
na. born Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
nat. born Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Nor. Norfolk Place Found in feference to Francis Blomefield - Blomefield's History of Norfolk Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Norf. Norfolk Place
Northamp. Northamptonshire Place
Northumb. Northumberland Place
Notts. Nottinghamshire Place
ob. died Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
ob. cœl. died a bachelor Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
ob. inf. died an infant Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
ob. inf. æt. died a minor Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
ob. inn. died a spinster Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
ob. juv. died in youth Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
ob. s.p. died without issue Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
ob. s.p. leg. died without lawful issue Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
ob. s.p. mas. died without male issue Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
ob. s.p.s. died without surviving issue Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
ob. v.p. died in the lifetime of his or her father Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
obt. died Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Oxon. Oxfordshire Place
pl. Plate Misc
ppr. Proper Tincture Natural or normal color
purp. Purpure (purple) Tincture
Ruts. Rutlandshire Place
s. son Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
s. & h. son and heir Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
sa. Sable (black) Tincture
Salop. Shropshire Place
Sco. Scotland Place
sepult. buried Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
sin. Sinople (fr. Green) Tincture
Somers. Somersetshire Place
sp. buried Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
St. Saint Title
Staff. Staffordshire Place
Suff. Suffolk Place
Suss. Sussex Place
t. Town Misc From dictionary of Mottoes
temp. in the time of Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
U.K. United Kingdom Place
unmar. unmarried Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
v. Viscount Title From dictionary of Mottoes
Visc. Viscount Title
viv. was living, or lived in the time of Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
vix. was living, or lived in the time of Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Warw. Warwickshire Place
Wel. Wales Place
Westm. Westmoreland Place
wid. widow Genealogy Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Wilts. Wiltshire Place
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 that the "reader will understand exactly what has been abridged"; the reader only understands that something formulaic has been abridged.
Genealogy Æ. age Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy Æt. age Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Tincture ar. Argent (silver)
Place Ayr. Ayrshire (Scotland)
Tincture az. Azure (blue)
Genealogy b. born Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Title b. Baron From dictionary of Mottoes
Genealogy bap. baptized Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy bapt. baptized Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Title Bart. Baronet
Genealogy bd. buried Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Place Beds. Bedfordshire
Place Berks. Berkshire
Title bt. Baronet From dictionary of Mottoes
Genealogy bu. buried Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Place Bucks. Buckinghamshire
Genealogy bur. buried Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy burd. buried Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Misc c. City From dictionary of Mottoes
Title C.B. Commander of the Bath
Place Camb. Cambridgeshire
Place Chesh. Cheshire
Genealogy co. in the country of Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy coh. coheir Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy cohr. coheir Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy com. in the country of Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Misc comp. Company From dictionary of Mottoes
Place Cornw. Cornwall
Place Cumb. Cumberland
Genealogy d. died Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Title d. Duke From dictionary of Mottoes
Title D.C.L Doctor of Civil Laws
Title D.D. Doctor of Divinity
Genealogy da. daughter Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy dau. daughter Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Place Derb. Derbyshire
Place Devon. Devonshire
Place Dors. Dorsetshire
Place Durh. Durham
Title e. Earle From dictionary of Mottoes
Place Eng. England
Tincture erm. Ermine
Place Ess. Essex
Genealogy fil. et hær son and heir Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Place G.B. Great Britain
Title G.C.B. Grand Cross of the Bath
Place Glouc. Gloucestershire
Tincture gu. Gules (red)
Genealogy h. heir Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Place Hants. Hampshire
Place Heref. Herefordshire
Place Herts. Hertfordshire
Misc His. History Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy hr. ap. heir apparent Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy hr. appart. heir apparent Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Place Hunts. Huntingdonshire
Place Iri. Ireland
Title K.C.B. Knight Commander of the Bath
Title K.G. Knight of the Garter
Title K.P. Knight of St. Patrick
Title K.T. Knight of the Thistle
Title Knt. Knight
Title l. Lord From dictionary of Mottoes
Place Lanc. Lancashire
Place Leic. Leicestershire
Place Linc. Lincolnshire
Genealogy m. married Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Title m. Marquis From dictionary of Mottoes
Title M.D. Doctor of Medicine
Genealogy mar. married Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy md. married Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Place Midd. Middlesex
Place Middx. Middlesex
Place Monm. Monmouthshire
Misc n. Number
Place N.S. Nova Scotia
Genealogy na. born Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy nat. born Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Place Nor. Norfolk Found in feference to Francis Blomefield - Blomefield's History of Norfolk Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Place Norf. Norfolk
Place Northamp. Northamptonshire
Place Northumb. Northumberland
Place Notts. Nottinghamshire
Genealogy ob. died Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy ob. cœl. died a bachelor Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy ob. inf. died an infant Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy ob. inf. æt. died a minor Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy ob. inn. died a spinster Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy ob. juv. died in youth Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy ob. s.p. died without issue Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy ob. s.p. leg. died without lawful issue Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy ob. s.p. mas. died without male issue Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy ob. s.p.s. died without surviving issue Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy ob. v.p. died in the lifetime of his or her father Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy obt. died Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Place Oxon. Oxfordshire
Misc pl. Plate
Tincture ppr. Proper Natural or normal color
Tincture purp. Purpure (purple)
Place Ruts. Rutlandshire
Genealogy s. son Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy s. & h. son and heir Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Tincture sa. Sable (black)
Place Salop. Shropshire
Place Sco. Scotland
Genealogy sepult. buried Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Tincture sin. Sinople (fr. Green)
Place Somers. Somersetshire
Genealogy sp. buried Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Title St. Saint
Place Staff. Staffordshire
Place Suff. Suffolk
Place Suss. Sussex
Misc t. Town From dictionary of Mottoes
Genealogy temp. in the time of Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Place U.K. United Kingdom
Genealogy unmar. unmarried Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Title v. Viscount From dictionary of Mottoes
Title Visc. Viscount
Genealogy viv. was living, or lived in the time of Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Genealogy vix. was living, or lived in the time of Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Place Warw. Warwickshire
Place Wel. Wales
Place Westm. Westmoreland
Genealogy wid. widow Elvin's Dictionary of Heraldry
Place Wilts. Wiltshire
Place Worc. Worcestershire
Place York. Yorkshire

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