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Tombstone Inscription Translations




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A BASIC guide to common words and phrases commonly found on Tombstones,

translated from languages likely to be encountered while researching in Pennsylvania.

Anyone who can contribute translations into additional languages,

or have additional phrases to be included, should contact


Ellis Michaels



English French
January Janvier
February Février
March Mars
April Avril
May Mai
June Juin
July Julliet
August Août
September Septembre
October Octobre
November Novembre
December Décembre
age viellir, viellis
week suante, semaine
day journée, jour
month mois
year année, an
died moururent, mortes, mourûmes
Sunday dimanche
Monday lundi
Tuesday mardi
Wednesday mercredi
Thursday jeudi
Friday vendredi
Saturday samedi
father pere, père, dabe
mother maternel, mère
husband époux, mari
wife madame, femme, bougreesse, épouse
son fils
daughter fille
brother frère, frangin
sister soeur
grandfather grand-pere, aïeul, grand-père
grandmother grand-mère, grand-mere
uncle oncle
aunt tante
marriage mariage
here rests *
rest gently *
rest in peace *


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This page was updated 27 Apr 2011 and is maintained by Ellis Michaels


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