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Uxorem duxit - means?

Postby AdrianB38 » Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:49 pm

Oh dear - this was just a quick check to see if FMP had any new records for my family and I've got sucked into what I swore I'd never do - Latin.

This entry in FMP's Staffordshire marriages interests me:
First name(s) Thomas
Last name Spode
Marriage date 23 Apr 1717
Marriage place Wolstanton, St Margaret
Spouse's first name(s) Saram
Spouse's last name Sherrat


When I look at the image, being pre-1754, they are short entries and it reads:

Tho: Spode Uxo: duxit Saram Sherrat Apr 23'o


Which obviously(??!!) means "Thomas Spode married Sarah Sherrat April 23". But that's 1 word ("married") to cover 2 ("Uxo: duxit"). "Uxor" I see in baptisms, where it seems to mean "wife". The whole page looks like that, except for one that reads "Uxorem duxit", so that's presumably the full version. Google Translate suggests that "Uxorem duxit" means "He married" (which is what I'd guessed it was) but I still can't get my head round the precise meaning of the phrase as there seems to be a word too many... And that makes me worried I'm missing something.

Any experts in Church Latin able to explain what this is?
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Uxorem duxit - means?

Postby brunes08 » Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:49 pm

I have a book that explains Latin words and phrases found in Parish Registers. Duxit is a shortened form of 'duxit in matrimonium' which means 'led into marriage'. This is then followed by the bride's name. So I think you have the male's name, then 'uxo' (husband) led the lady, named, in marriage. Hope that helps a bit. I don't think you are missing anything.
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Re: Uxorem duxit - means?

Postby AdrianB38 » Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:36 pm

"Led into marriage" - yes, that makes perfect sense. I felt sure that the direct translation ought to be a bit more than simply "married". Thanks.

Incidentally, I don't know about you guys but my original has smiley faces instead of ) on my phone but the correct bracket on my laptop.

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Re: Uxorem duxit - means?

Postby adrianwander » Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:43 pm

I'm currently working through Latin for local and family historians. Very good book but hard going!


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Re: Uxorem duxit - means?

Postby MaureenE » Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:17 am

The FamilySearch Wiki has a page Latin Genealogical Word List
https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Latin_ ... _Word_List

There is also in the FamilySearch Learning Centre
https://familysearch.org/learningcenter ... records/21
Key Words and Phrases in Latin Records

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