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Mississippi Tombstone Abbreviations & their Meanings



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  •     AAONMS - Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (the Shriners).

  • a.a.s. - anno aetitis suae (died in the year of his/her age).

  •     AASR - Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite (Masonic).

  • ABA - American Benefit Association.

  •     AF & AM - Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.
  •     ALOH - American Legion of Honor.
  •     AMD - Allied Masonic Degree.
  •     AMORC - Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis (Rosicrucians).

  • AMOS - Ancient Mystic Order of Samaritans (Odd Fellows).

  • AOF - Ancient Order Of Foresters.

  •     AOH - Ancient Order of Hibernians.

  • AOM - Ancient Order of Mysteries (Masons).

  •     AOUW - Ancient Order Of United Workmen.

  • APA - American Protective Association.

  •     ATO - Alpha Tao Omega Fraternity.
  •     AUSA - Association of the United States Army.
  •     B of RTM - Brotherhood of Railroad Track Men.
  •     BARE - Benefit Association Of Railway Employees.
  •     BAY - Brotherhood of American Yeomen.

  • BK of M - Black Knights of Molders.

  • BKA - Benevolent Knights Association.

  •     BLE - Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.

  • BLF&E - Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen & Engineers.

  •     BPOE - Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks.
  •     BRT - Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen.
  •     CAR - Children of the American Revolution.

  • CBKA - Commandery Benevolent Knights Association.

  • CBL - Catholic Benevolent Legion.

  •     CD of A - Catholic Daughters of America.

  • CK of A - Catholic Knights of America.

  •     Cons. / Consort - Usually used with women. It means the woman's husband was still living at the time of her death.
  •     COOF - Catholic Order of Foresters.
  •     CW - Columbia Woodmen

  • D of A - Daughters of America.

  •     D of P - Daughters of Pocahontas.
  •     DAC - Daughters of the American Colonists.
  •     DAN - Daughters of the Nile (Masonic).
  •     DAR - Daughters of the American Revolution.
  •     DAV - Disabled American Veterans.
  •     DDS - Doctor of Dentistry.
  •     DOKK - Dramatic Order Knights of Khorassan (Knights of Pythias).

  • DOL - Daughters of Liberty.

  •     DOR - Daughters of Rebekah.

  • DOLLUS - Dames of the Loyal Legion of the United States.

  • d.s.p. - decessit sine prole legitima (died without issue).

  • d.s.p.l. - decessit sine prole mascula supersita (died without legitimate issue).

  • d.s.p.m.s. - decessit sine prole mascula supersita (died without surviving male issue).

  • d.s.p.s. - decessit sine prole supersita (died without surviving issue) .

  • d.unm - died unmarried.

  • d.v.m. - decessit vita matris (died in the lifetime of his mother).

  • d.v.p. - decessit vita patris (died in the lifetime of his father).

  • EAU - Equitable Aid Union.

  • EBA - Emerald Beneficial Association.

  • ECV - E Clampus Vitus.

  • Et al - et alia (and others)

  •     F&AM / FAM - Free and Accepted Masons.
  •     FATAL - Eastern Star Motto "Fairest Among Thousands, Altogether Lovely."
  •     FCB - Knights of Pythias.
  •     FLT - Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
  •      FNDOZBTKC - "Fear Not Daughter Of Zion Behold The King Cometh" - Female Masonic Symbol.
  •     FOE - Fraternal Order of Eagles.

  • FOF - Fraternal Order of Firefighters.

  •     FOP - Fraternal Order of Police.

  • GLAUM - Grand Lodge Ancient Order of Mysteries (Masonic).

  • GLDS - Grand Lodge Daughters of Scotia.

  •     GUO of OF - Grand United Order of Odd Fellows.
  •     HHHH - 4H Club.
  •     HTWSSTSH - Royal Arch Masons. "Hiram the Widows Son Sent to King Solomon"

  • HZ - Haro Zaro.

  •     HOJ - Heroines of Jericho (Masonic).

  • IBBH - International Brotherhood of Blacksmiths and Helpers.

  •     IB of EW - International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
  •     IHS - in hoc salus (there is safety in this); in hoc signo spes mea (In this sign (the cross of Christ) is my hope).
  •     IHSV - Red Cross of Constantine (Masonic).

  • inst - instans (present month)

  •     IOA - International Order of Alhambra.

  • IODE - Independent Order, Daughters of the Empire.

  •     IOF - Independent Order of Foresters.

  • IOGT - International Order of Good Templars.

  • IOH - Improved Order of Heptasophs.

  •     IOHH - International Order of Hoo-Hoo.

  • IOI - Independent Order of Immaculates.

  •     IOJD - International Order of Job's Daughters.
  •     IOKP - Independent Order of Knights of Pythias.
  •     IOOF - Independant Order of Odd Fellows.

  • IOOF PM - Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Past Master.

  • IOR - Independent Order of Rechabites.

  •     IORG - International Order of Rainbow Girls (Masonic).
  •     IORM - Improved Order of Red Men (Sons of Liberty).

  • IOStL - Independent Order of St. Luke.

  •     IOV - International Order of Vikings.
  •     ISDA - Italian Sons and Daughters of America.
  •     ISH - Independent Sons of Honor.

  • IUOM - Independent United Order of Mechanics.

  • IWW - Industrial Workers of the World.

  •     IYOB - International Order of Job's Daughters.

  • JAOUW - Junior Order-Ancient Order of United Workmen.

  • JOAM - Junior Order of American Mechanics.

  • JOUAM - Junior Order of United American Mechanics.

  •     K of C - Knights of Columbus.

  • K of H - Knights of Honor.

  • K of L - Knights of Loyola.

  •     K of P - Knights of Pythias.
  •     K of SJ - Knights of St. John.
  •     K of STP - Knights of St. Patrick.

  • K of STW - Knights of St. Wenceslas.

  • K of T - Knights of Tabor.

  •     K of TM - Knights of the Macabees.
  •     KC - Knights of Columbus.

  • KFM - Knights of Father Matthew.

  • KG - Knights of St. George.

  •     KGC - Knights of the Golden Chain; Knights of the Golden Circle.

  • KGE - Knights of the Golden Eagle.

  • KGL - Knight Grand Legion.

  • KHC - Knights of Holy Cross.

  •     KKK - Knights of Ku Klux Klan.

  • KLH - Knights and Ladies of Honor.

  •     KM - Knights of Malta (Masonic); Knights Militant (KKK).

  • KMC - Knights of the Mystic Chain.

  • KOL - Knights of Labor.

  •     KOTM - Knights of the Macabees.
  •     KP - Knights of Pythias.
  •     KPC / K of PC - Knights of Peter Claver.

  • KSC - Knights of St. Columbkille.

  • KSF - Knights of Sherwood Forest.

  • KSL - Knights of St. Lawrence.

  • KSTG - Knights of St. George.

  • KSTI - Knights of St. Ignatius.

  • KSTJ - Knights of St. Joseph.

  • KSTM - Knights of St. Martin.

  • KSTP - Knights of St. Paul.

  •     KSTP - Knights of St. Peter.
  •     KSTT - Knights of St. Thomas.
  •     KT - Knights Templar.

  • KT - Knights of Tabor.

  • KWM - Knights of Wise Men.

  •     LAOH - Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.

  • LGAR - Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic.

  • LK of A - Loyal Knights of America.

  • LOL - Loyal Order Orange Lodge.

  •     LOM - Loyal Order of Moose; Legion of the Moose.
  •     LOOM - Loyal Order of the Moose.
  •     LOVUS - Legion of Valor of the United States.
  •     LPN - Licensed Practical Nurse.

  • MBS - Mutual Benefit Society.

  •     MCL - Marine Corps League.
  •     MHP - Mississippi Highway Patrol.
  •     MOLLUS - Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States.
  •     MOOSE - Loyal Order of the Moose.
  •     MOPH - Military Order of the Purple Heart.

  • MOVPER - Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Mystic Realm (Masonic).

  •     MRA - Royal Arcanum.
  •     MUS - Short for Musician (seen on Confederate tombstones).
  •     MWA - Modern Woodmen of America.

  • NCOA - Non-Commissioned Officers Association.

  • Nepos - grandson.

  •     NL - Navy League.
  •     NOK - New Order Knights (KKK).
  •     NOW - Neighbors of Woodcraft.
  •     NSDAR - National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

  • NU - National Union.

  •     O of A - Order of Amaranth (Masonic).

  • O of UF - Order of United Friends.

  •     OOA - Order of Ahepa.
  •     OOD / OD - Order of DeMolay.

  • OCF - Order of Chosen Friends.

  • ODSH - Des Schwestern Verbandes (Sisters of the Federation).

  •     OES - Order of the Eastern Star.

  • OGC - Order of the Golden Cross.

  • OSC - Order of Scottish Clans.

  • OUAM - Order of United American Mechanics.

  • PF of A - Patriotic Friends of America.

  •     PH - The Order of Patrons of Husbandry (The Grange).
  •     PM - Patriarchs Militant (Independent Order of Odd Fellows).

  • POSA - Patriotic Order of the Sons of America.

  • RA - Royal Academy; Royal Arcanum.

  •     RAM - Royal Arch Masons.

  • RC - Republican Club.

  • Rel. - (see Relict)

  • Relict - Usually used with women. It means the woman's husband was already deceased at the time of her death.

  • Res. - (see Residue)

  • Residue - widow or widower.

  • RK - Roman Knights.

  •     RMOKHSJ - The Religious and Military Order of Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
  •     RN - Registered Nurse.

  • RNA - Royal Neighbors of America.

  •     ROJ - Royal Order of Jesters (Masonic).

  • RSGF - Royal Society of Good Fellows.

  •     RSM - Royal and Select Masons.

  • RSTV - Rite of St. Vaclara; Rite of St. Vita.

  • RTT - Royal Templars of Temperance.

  • S of StG - Sons of St. George.

  •     SAR - Sons of the American Revolution; Sisters of the American Revolution.

  • SBCL - Saint Bonifazius Catholic Union.

  • SBL - Society B. Lafayette.

  •     SCV - Sons of the Confederate Veterans.
  •     SFWC - Supreme Forest Woodmen Circle.

  • SNA AUM - Shrine of North America.

  •     SR - Scottish Rite (Masonic Order).
  •     ST - Sons of Temperance.

  • SV - Sons of Veterans of the United States of America.

  •     TCL - Tall Ceders of Lebanon (Masonic).

  • TH - Temple of Honor and Temperance-Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

  •     TOTE - Improved Order of Redmen.

  • TPLF - Temple of Honor and Temperance.

  • TROA - The Retired Officer's Association.

  • UAOD - United Ancient Order of Druids.

  •     UCV - United Confederate Veterans.
  •     UDC - United Daughters of the Confederacy.

  • UFL - Union Fraternal League.

  • ult. - ultimo (late).

  •     UMC - United Methodist Clergy
  •     UMWA - United Mine Workers of America.

  • UOPF - United Order of Pilgrim Fathers.

  •     USA - United States Army.

  • USA - United States of America.

  •     USAF - United States Air Force.
  •     USMC - United States Marine Corp.
  •     USN - United States Navy.
  •     USNR - United States Navy Reserve.

  • Ux. - uxor (wife)

  •     VFW - Veterans of Foreign Wars.
  •     VMC - Royal Arcanum.
  •     WC - Woodmen Circle.

  • WKSC - White Knights of the Southern Cross (KKK).

  •     WOW - Woodmen of the World.
  •     WOW - Women of Woodcraft.

  • YMCA - Young Men's Christian Association.

  • YWCA - Young Women's Christian Association.