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Phonetic Spellings

The family historian needs to learn to read phonetically. These examples will provide some practice for what you will find before 1900.

A mont of lenin
a month of lying in
a nabstrak an abstract
a nomely a homily
and settere et cetera
arter david affidavit
asarvant a servant
asingel wumen a single woman
at the cinges aremes at the King’s Arms
auncient mayd ancient maid [elderly spinster]
awido a widow
berryed, buride buried
born on the bear borne on the bier
carvaers surveyors
cilling a notter killing an otter
disses decease
double cats duplicates
feyseytashyn visitation
frant and sens frankincense
goynge to plemoth going to Plymouth
he did tech scoole [obviously not successfully!]
hed stuard of thes sitty head steward of this city
inmetary inventory
jelan orspitle rate jail and hospital rate (tax)
jenewery January
labrin mane labouring man
mariegess, mariegs marriages
Melisha militia
onerabl leady Honorable lady
phes fees
possessioning, pashon processioning i.e. perambulation
sillister solicitor
stivacate, cirstoviate certificate
vaganbonchile vagabond child
waichin ye sorples washing the surplice
wif of wellam wife of William
wose was
yngeounseon injunction


First Names Spelled Creatively

Ellinnorah Elinora
Ezellebeth Elizabeth
Feby Phoebe
Gorg George
Hanaritameria Henrietta Maria
Haner Hannah
Lusy Lucy


Pronunciation of Some English Surnames

Spelling
Pronounced and Possibly Spelled As
Cholmondeley
Chumley, Chumleigh
Featherstonehaugh
Fanshaw
Faulkner, Faulconer
Forkner
Molluigheadley
Mewdly


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