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Common Latin Words
This is nothing more than a very short list of words that are commonly found in parish registers. It is just to help you identify the type of entry if you are new to using old parish registers. Latin Dictionaries are available in bookshops and libraries. If you want to buy a good small book which explains many Latin words you could do worse than buy, "A Latin Glossary for Family and Local Historians" by Janet Morris, published by the FFHS, ISBN 0 907099 89 0

Latin Word Translation
AgricolaFarmer, Husbandman
ArmigerEsquire
BaptizatusBaptised, Christened
BaptiziBaptised
BastardusIllegitimate
ClericusClergyman, Clerk
CognatusRelative
EmeritusRetired
EtAnd
EpiscopusBishop
EquesKnight
FaberSmith
FiliaDaughter
FiliusSon
FuitHe, she
FuneraFunerals
GeminiTwins (Gemine for female)
HumatusBuried
IllegitimusIllegitimate
IncognitoUnknown
MaterMother
MatrimoniumMarriage (often abbreviated to 'Matri')
MorbusIll or sick
MorsDeath
NihilNothing
Nuptusmarried (often abbreviated to 'Nupt')
ParochiaParish
PatriFather
RelictaWidow
ReputisReputed
SepultusBuried (You will often see this as 'Sepulta fuit')
SubsidiumPayment, basically a tax
TumulatusBuried
UxorWife (often 'uxoris')
ViduaWidow
ViduusWidower


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