Tombstone Initials and Their Meanings

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This article originally appeared in "Business, Institution, and Organization Records" by Kay Haviland Freilich, CG, CGL, and Ann Carter Fleming, CG, CGL in The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy

The following is a partial list of tombstone initials and their meaning. More abbreviations may be found at the ObitCentral.

  • AF&AM--(Masonic)
  • ALOH--American Legion of Honor
  • AOH--Ancient Order of Hibernians
  • AOKMC--Ancient Order of Knights of Mystic Chain
  • AOUW--Ancient Order of United Workmen
  • BPOE--Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
  • BPOEW--Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World
  • CK of A--Catholic Knights of America
  • CSA--Confederate States Army
  • DAR--Daughters of the American Revolution
  • FAA--Free and Accepted Americans
  • F&AM--Free and Accepted Masons
  • FLT--Friendship, Love, and Truth (Independent Order of Oddfellows)
  • FOE--Fraternal Order of Eagles
  • GAR--Grand Army of the Republic
  • IHSV--Red Cross of Constantine
  • IOI--Independent Order of Immaculates
  • IOKP--Independent Order of Knights of Pythias
  • IOOF--Independent Order of Odd Fellows
  • IWW--Industrial Workers of the World
  • KC/K of C--Knights of Columbus
  • KP--Knights of Pythias
  • K of STP--Knights of St. Patrick
  • K of STW--Knights of St. Wenceslas
  • KKK--Knights of Ku Klux Klan
  • KSF--Knights of Sherwood Forest
  • LAOH--Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians
  • LOM--Loyal Order of the M.O.O.S.E.
  • MWA--Modern Woodsmen of America
  • OES--Order of the Eastern Star
  • SAR--Sons of the American Revolution
  • SCV--Sons of the Confederate Veterans
  • UCV--United Confederate Veterans
  • UDC--United Daughters of the Confederacy
  • VFW--Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • WOW--Woodsmen of the World

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