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How to Interpret Gravestone Abbreviations

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Below are abbreviations that are commonly found on gravestones, indicating membership within an organization. Next to the abbreviation is the full name of the organization and where possible a link to that organization's website.

 

  • AAONMS - Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine
  • AASR - Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite
  • AF&AM - Ancient Free & Accepted Masons
  • ALOH - American Legion of Honor
  • AMD - Allied Masonic Degrees of USA
  • AMOS - Ancient Mystic Order of Samaritans
  • AMVETS - American Veterans
  • AOF - Ancient Order Of Foresters
  • AOFB - Angelic Order of Fairy Bells
  • AOH -Ancient Order Of Hibernians
  • AOKMC - Ancient Order Of Knights of Mystic Chain
  • AOM - Ancient Order of Mysteries
  • AOUW -Ancient Order Of United Workmen
  • BARE - Benefit Association of Railway Employees
  • BAY - Brotherhood of American Yeomen
  • B of LF&E - Brotherhood of Local Firemen and Engineers
  • BPOE - Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
  • BPOEW - Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World
  • CBKA - Commandery Benevolent Knights Association
  • CE - Christian Endeavor
  • CG - California Grays
  • CBKA - Commandery Benevolent Knights Association
  • CCTAS - Crusaders- Catholic Total Abstinence Society
  • CDA - Catholic Daughters of America
  • CFUA - Croatian Fraternal Union of America
  • CK of A - Catholic Knights of America
  • COOF - Catholic Order of Foresters
  • CSA - Czechoslovak Society of America
  • CTAS - Catholic Total Abstinence Society
  • CTAUOA - Catholic Total Abstinence Union of America
  • DAR - Daughters of The American Revolution
  • DOKK - Dramatic Order Knights of Khorassan
  • DOP - Degree of Pocahontas
  • DUV - Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War
  • EBA - Emerald Beneficial Association
  • F&AM - Free and Accepted Masons
  • F of A - Foresters of America
  • FAA - Free and Accepted Americans
  • FHC - The Encampment
  • FMC - Fraternal Mystic Circle
  • FOAST - Fraternal order of Alaska State Troopers
  • FOE - Fraternal Order of Eagles
  • FOF - Fraternal Order of Firefighters
  • FOO - Fraternal Order Orioles
  • FOP - Fraternal Order of Police
  • FRA - Fraternal Reserve Association
  • GALSTPTR - German American Legion of St. Peter
  • GAR - Grand Army of the Republic
  • GUO of OF - Grand United Order of Odd Fellows
  • IBBH - International Brotherhood of Blacksmiths & Helpers
  • IFSC - International Firefighters Square Club
  • IHSV - Order of the Red Cross of Constantine
  • ILEOSC - International Law Enforcement Officers Square Club
  • IOA - International order of Alhambra
  • IOBA - Independent Order of Birth Abraham
  • IODE - Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire
  • IODE - Independent Order Daughters of the Empire
  • IOF - Independent Order of Foresters
  • IOGT - Independent Order of Good Templars
  • IOHH - International Order of Hoo-Hoo
  • IOI - Independent Order of Immaculates
  • IOKP - Independent Order of Knights of Pythias
  • IOOF - Independent Order of Odd Fellows
  • IOSL - Independent Order of St. Luke
  • IOR - Independent Order of Rebekahs
  • IOR - Independent Order of Rechabites
  • IORG - International Order of Rainbow Girls
  • IORM - Improved Order of Redmen
  • IOV - Independent Order of Vikings
  • ISH - Independent Sons of Honor
  • IUOM - Independent United Order of Mechanics
  • JAOUW - Junior Order-Ancient Order of United Workmen
  • JOUAM -Junior Order-Order of United American Mechanics
  • KC , K of C - Knights of Columbus
  • KFM, K of FM - Knights of Father Matthew
  • KG, KSTG - Knights of St. George
  • KGE - Knights of Golden Eagle
  • KGL - Knight Grand Legion
  • KHC - Knights of Holy Cross
  • KM - Knights of Malta (Masonic) -OR- Knights Militant
  • KMC - Knights of Mystic Chain
  • KOTM - Knights of the Macabees of the World
  • KPC - Knights of Peter Claver
  • KP, K of P - Knights of Pythias
  • KKK - Knights of Klu-Klux Klan
  • 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 -OR - Knights of St. Peter
  • KSTT - Knights of St. Thomas
  • KT - Knights of Tabor -OR- Knights Tempar (Masonic)
  • KWM - Knights of Wise Men
  • KWSN - Knights Who Say Ni
  • K of L - Knights of Loyola
  • K of H - Knights of Honor
  • K of P - Knights of Pythias
  • K of SJ - Knights of St. John
  • K of STP - Knights of St. Patrick -OR- Knights of Richard Petty
  • K of STW - Knights of St. Wencelas
  • K of T - Knights of Tabor
  • LAOH - Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians
  • LAPM - Ladies Auxiliary Patriarchs Militant
  • LAW - League of American Wheelmen
  • LEA - Ladies Encampment Auxiliary
  • LK of A - Loyal Knights of America
  • LMLOA - The Loyal Mystic Legion of America
  • LOBB - Loyal Order Beer Buffalo
  • LOL or LOOL - Loyal Order Orange Lodge
  • LOM - Legion of the Moose
  • LOOM - Loyal Order of Moose
  • MM - Modern Maccabees
  • MOLLUS - Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States
  • MOPH - Military Order of the Purple Heart
  • MOS&B - Military Order of the Stars and Bars
  • MOVPER - Mystic Order Veiled Prophets of the Enchanter Realm
  • MRA - Royal Arcanum
  • MWA - Modern Woodsmen of America
  • NEOP - New England Order of Protection
  • NIWA - National Indian War Veterans
  • NOK - New Order of knights
  • NS - National Sojourner
  • NSCDA - National Society of the Colonial Dames of America
  • NSGW - Native Sons of the Golden West
  • NW - Neighbors of Woodcraft
  • O of A - Order of Amaranth
  • O of L - Order of Leibowitz
  • OC - Order of Calanthe
  • OD - Order of DeMolay
  • ODHS - Order der Hermann's Sohns, Sisters of the Federation
  • OES - Order of Eastern Star
  • OGC - Order of the Golden Chain
  • OGC - Order of the Golden Circle
  • OGT - Order of Good Times
  • OO - Order of Owls
  • ORC - Order of the Red Cross
  • ORM - Order of Red Men
  • OS - Order of Sparta
  • OSC - Order of Scottish Clans
  • OSH - Order of the Sons of Herman (Texas)
  • OSIA - Order of the Sons of Italy in America
  • OSM - Order of the Secret Monitor
  • OTK - Order of the True Kindred
  • OUAM - Order of United American Mechanics
  • OWSJ - Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem
  • PDQBAS - Royal order of the Knights of Whoople
  • PH - Found on military graves, it means that this person received a Purple heart in Combat.
  • PM - Patriarchs Militant (Independent Order of Odd Fellows)
  • POSA - Patriotic Order of the Sons of America
  • RIP - requiescat in pace, Latin for REST IN PEACE
  • RK - Roman Knights
  • RMBI - Royal Masonic Benevolent Instition
  • RMIB - Royal Masonic Institution for Boys
  • RNA - Royal Neighbors of America
  • ROJ - Royal Order of Jesters
  • ROS - Royal Order of Scotland
  • RSM - Royal and Select Masters
  • RSTV - Rite of St. Vaclara -OR - Rite of St. Vita
  • MRA - Royal Arcanum
  • RAM - Royal Arch Masons
  • RO-AUN - Rosicruian Order
  • SBCL - Saint Bonifazius Catholic Union
  • SBL - Society B. Lafayette
  • SCV - Sons of the Confederate Veterans
  • SAR - Sisters of the American Revolution
  • SAR - Sons of the American Revolution
  • SNA-AUM - Shrine of North America
  • SRIA - Societas Rosicruciani in Anglia
  • SV - Sons of Veterans
  • TCL - Tall Cedars of Lebanon
  • TH - Temple of Honor-Independent Order of Odd Fellows
  • UCV - United Confederate Veterans
  • UDC - United Daughters of The Confederacy
  • UFL - Union Fraternal League
  • UORM - United Order of Red men
  • UR - The Uniform Ranks designation.
  • USWV - United Spanish War Veterans
  • VFW - Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • VMC - Royal Arcanum
  • WOTM - Women of the Moose
  • WOW - Woodmen of the World
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