Latin In Catholic Registers

Many Roman Catholic Church Registers were written in Latin, this combined with poor handwriting, faded ink and paper, makes the documents difficult to read. There is very little which can be done to improve the condition of the documents but the list below should help to make it easier to understand the terminology used.

  BAPTISMS  
LATIN WORD OR PHRASE   ENGLISH EQUIVALENT
     
Baptizandi nomen   Baptism name of the child
Baptus est   Males baptised
Bapta   Females baptised
Filius   Son
Filia   Daughter
Nomina parentum   Name of parents
Nomina patrinorum   Name of godparents
Domicilium   Place of residence
  MARRIAGES  
Nomina sponsorum   First names of those married
Cognomen   Surname
Eorum residentia   Their place of resident
Testes adfuerunt   Witnesses present
  OTHER COMMON WORDS  
Die   Day
Mensis   Month
Anno Domini   Year
  PERSONAL NAMES  
ENGLISH   LATIN EQUIVALENT
ALBERT   ALBERTUS
ALFRED   ALFREDUS
ALICE   ALICIA
ANDREW   ANDREAS
ANTHONY   ANTONIUS
ARTHUR   ARTURUS
BASIL   BASILIUS
BEATRICE   BEATRIX
BERNARD   BERNARDUS
CECIL   CAECILIUS
CHARLES   CAROLUS
CHRISTOPHER   CHRISTOPHORUS
CICELY   CAECILIA
CLAUDE   CLAUDIUS
CLEMENT   CLEMENS
CYRIL   CYRILLUS
DENIS   DIONYSIUS
DOROTHY   DOROTHEA
EDWARD   EDUARDUS
ELLEN   HELENA
EMILY   AEMILIA
FRANCES   FRANCESCA
FRANCIS   FRANCISCUS
FREDERICK   FREDERICUS
GEOFFREY   GAUFRIDUS
GEORGE   GEORGIUS
GILLIAN   IULIANA
GODFREY   GODEFRIDUS
GRACE   GRAYIA
GREGORY   GREGORIUS
GUY   GUIDO
HELEN   HELENA
HENRY   HENRICUS
HORACE   HORATIUS
HUGH   HUGO
JAMES   IACOBUS
JOAN   IOANNA
JOHN   IOAANES
JOSEPH   IOSEPHUS
JOYCE   IOCOSA
LAWRENCE   LAURENTUS
LOUIS   LUDOVICUS
LOUISE   LUDOVICA
LUCY   LUCIA
LUKE   LUCAS
MARGARET   MARGARITA
MARK   MARCUS
MARY   MARIA
MATTHEW   MATTHAEUS
MAURICE   MAURITIUS
NORMAN   NORMANNUS
OLIVER   OLIVARUS
PATRICK   PATRICIUS
PAUL   PAULUS
PETER   PETRUS
PHILLIP   PHILIPPUS
RALPH   RADULFUS
RICHARD   RICARDUS
ROBERT   ROBERTUS
STEPHEN   STEPHENUS
THOMAS   THOMAS
TIMOTHY   TIMOTHEUS
WALTER   GUALTERUS
WILLIAM   GULIEMUS
WINIFRED   WINIFREDA