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Genealogy Latin Dictionary

 

Below is a comprehensive list of latin terms as they relate to genealogy.

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Latin Phrase
Abbreviation
English Meaning
ab initio
from the beginning
absente reo
in the absence of the defendant
a contrario
from a contrary position
a cruce salus
from the cross comes salvation
addendum
something to be added
ad hoc
for this particular purpose, improvised
ad interim
in the meantime
ad libitum
ad lib
at one’s pleasure or to improvise
ad locum
at the place
ad maiorem Dei gloriam
A.M.D.G.
to the greater glory of God
ad nauseum
to the point of making one sick
ad rem
pertaining to the matter in hand
aetas / aetatis
aet
age / at the age of
aetatis suae
at his/her age of
anno aetatis suae
AAS
in the year of his/her age
agenda
things to be done
Agnus Dei
lamb of God
agricola farmer
alias
otherwise called, an assumed name
alibi
elsewhere, in another place
alma mater
a student’s former University
altera die
on the next day
Alumni Oxonienses   Univesity of Oxford alumni records, date back to 1500
alumnus
a former student of a university
A mari usque ad mare
from sea to sea (motto of Canada)
ambo
stranger, foreigner
amor caecus est
love is blind
Anno Domini
A.D.
in the year since the birth of Christ
anno regni
in the year of reign
annus
an
year
annus bisextus
leap year
annus horribilis
a horrible year
annus mirabilis
a wonderful year
anonymus, anonyma stillborn son or daughter
anti, ante
before
ante meridiem
A.M. or a.m.
before midday
ante prandium
a.p.
before a meal
a posteriori
from what comes after
a priori
from what comes before
aqua vitae
a distilled spirit, such as brandy or whisky
arcularius carpenter
artium baccalaureus
B.A.
Bachelor of Arts degree
atrium magister
M.A.
Master of Arts degree
aurora australis
the southern lights
aurora borealis
the northern lights
avator farmer
ave atque vale
hello and goodbye
Ave Maria
Hail Mary
avia grandmother
avus grandfather