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Agnes (F)>

Agnes (female)

Synonym(s):Ann (F) Nancy (F)
Variants:Agnese (F) Agnessa (F) Agneta (F) Agnethe (F) Agnieszka (F) Aignèis (F) Aine (F) Aune (F) Inés (F)
Pet Name(s):Ag (F) Aggie (F) Aggy (F) Annie (F) Annot (F) Essie (F) Nan (F) Nance (F) Nessa (F) Nessie (F) Nest (F) Nesta (F)
Derivative(s):Annis (F) Annot (F) Annys (F) Senga (F)
Can be spelt:Agnas (F) Agness (F) Agnus (F)
Source(s): English Parish Register
FreeCEN 1841 Census of Aberdeenshire
The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG
Private communications [AG, CMcB, LG]

English, from the Greek "pure, holy or chaste". The French variant is accented: Agnés

There are a number of spelling variations found in the 1841 Census. Searching on Agn*, Ang* and Aug* should find all significant ones.

Note that Agneta was used as a Latinised variant of Agnes in many old documents. The above search on Agn* will take account of Latin case endings.

A private correspondent [LG] has noted Agnes being used in formal records for someone whose birth registration [1830, Catholic] was Ann. Other correspondents [AG, CMcB] have reported Agnes and Ann being used interchangeably in official records in Scotland so we have classified them as full synonyms.