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Offline Ewan

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Interchangeable Name for Martha
« on: Wednesday 26 October 11 12:38 BST (UK) »
Has anyone come across another name for Martha?  I thought I'd ask as it was only a few years ago that I discovered that Harry and Henry were interchangeable. ::)

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Ewan

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Re: Interchangeable Name for Mary
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 26 October 11 12:46 BST (UK) »
Someone in my own family who was christened Martha is always called 'Matty'
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Re: Interchangeable Name for Mary
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 26 October 11 13:13 BST (UK) »
This link tells you about the name and its variations

http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Martha

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Re: Interchangeable Name for Mary
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 26 October 11 13:14 BST (UK) »
Do you mean Mary (as in the title) or Martha (as in your post)?
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Re: Interchangeable Name for Martha
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 26 October 11 13:37 BST (UK) »
this information is Crown Copyright. from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk   London Hall, Thurston Stanley, Phillips, Ayrton, White, Morrish, Smith.    West Ham/Barking Saint,Briggs,   Essex  Barker,   Hampshire  Kill, Kent Spong,   U.S.A Earp, Scotland/Cumbria Templeton, Devon Morrish, Chudley

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Re: Interchangeable Name for Martha
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 26 October 11 15:03 BST (UK) »
I have come across Mally - seems to exist as a name in its own right but may be perhaps a version of Martha?

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Re: Interchangeable Name for Martha
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 26 October 11 17:05 BST (UK) »
Thank you everyone for your help with links and suggestions.

I have come to the conclusion that an ancestor with the name of Martha may have been named as just that on a marriage record, I did find a marriage record with the date and place as a good match but the bride's name was Mary so possible this is not the correct marriage.

Ewan

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Re: Interchangeable Name for Martha
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 26 October 11 22:53 BST (UK) »
Other diminutives for Martha are Pat and Patty.  Caused my sister and I a lot of puzzling last winter while transcribing some family diaries from the 1850s and 1860s.  The household had a daughter called Martha Jane, so we guessed who M.J was quite easily, but we racked our brains over who Pat could be.  Then we got to these entries on successive days:  "M.J went to market and fell down into Mr Bishop's cellar and hurt her leg" and "Poor Pat is at home all day her leg being very sore".  Cracked it!  Same person!  Confirmed by checking a reference to Pat's birthday with M.J's birth date. 

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Re: Interchangeable Name for Martha
« Reply #8 on: Friday 22 December 17 16:29 GMT (UK) »
Hi, registered just to reply to this. I've just taken my mum, Martha (who everyone calls Pat) to place a wreath on my grandma's grave. My grandma's also called Martha. Her headstone actually reads "Martha (Pat) Hatton"
I've always just taken the fact that everyone, including my grandad, calls my mum Pat. Never questioned why. Googled it and it brought me to this forum.

So I guess I'd say that if there was an interchangeable name for Martha then Pat is definitely one.