Common Tombstone Abbreviations

Some commonly seen abbreviations of religious, military, fraternal and charitable organizations seen on old tombstones.

Ancient Free and Accepted Masons:  AF&AM
Ancient Order of Foresters:  AOF
Ancient Order of Hibernians:  AOH
Ancient Order of Knights of Mystic Chain:  AOKMC
Ancient Order of United Workmen:  AOUW
American Legion of Honor:  
Ancient Order of Mysteries - Masonic Order:  
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks:  BPOE
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World:  BPOEW
Catholic Knights of America:  CK of A
Catholic Order of Foresters:  COOF
Catholic Total Abstinence Society:  CTAS
Commander Benevolent Knights Association:  CBKA
Crusaders-Catholic Total Abstinence Society:  CCTAS
Confederate States Army:  CSA
Daughters of American Revolution:  DAR
Emerald Beneficial Association:  EBA
Free and Accepted Americans:  FAA
Free and Accepted Masons:  F&AM
Fraternal Order of Eagles:  FOE
German American Legion of St. Peter:  GALSTPTR
Grand Army of the Republic:  GAR
Grand Lodge Ancient Order of Mysteries - Masonic Order:  GLAUM
Grand United Order of Odd Fellow:  GUOOF
Red Cross of Constantine:  IHSV
Independent Order of Immaculates:  IOI
Independent Order of Knights of Pythias:  IOKP
Independent Order of Odd Fellows:  IOOF
Independent Sons of Honor:  ISH
Improved Order of Redmen:  IORM
Industrial Workers of the World:  IWW
Junior Order-Ancient Order of United Workmen:  JAOUW
Junior Order-Order of United American Mechanics:  JOUAM
Knight Grand Legion:  KGL
Knights Militant:  KM
Knights of Columbus:  KC
Knights of Columbus:  K of C
Knights of Father Matthew:  K of FM
Knights of Father Matthew:  KFM
Knights of Honor:  K of H
Knights of Loyola:  K of L
Knights of Malta (Masonic):  KM
Knights of the Mystic Chain:  KMC
Knights of Peter Claver:  KPC
Knights of Pythias:  KP
Knights of Pythias:  K of P
Knights of St. Columbkille: KSC
Knights of St. George:  KG
Knights of St. George:   KSTG
Knights of St. Ignatius:  KSTI
Knights of St. John:  K of SJ
Knights of St. Joseph:  KSTJ
Knights of St. Lawrence:  KSL
Knights of St. Martin:  KSTM
Knights of St. Patrick:  K of STP
Knights of St. Paul:  KSTP
Knights of St. Peter:  KSTP
Knights of St. Thomas:  KSTT
Knights of St. Wenceslas:  L of STW
Knights of Tabor:  KT
Knights of Tabor:  K of T
Knights of Wise Men:  KWM
Knights of Golden Eagle:  KGE
Knights of Holy Cross:  KHC
Knights of Klu-Klux Klan:  KKK
Knights of Macabees:  KOTM
Knights of Sherwood Forest:  KSF
Knights Templars (Masonic):  KT
Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians:  LAOH
Loyal Knights of America:  LK of A
Loyal Order of the M.O.O.S.E.:  LOM
Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States:  MOLLUS
Royal Arcanum:  MRA
Modern Woodsmen of America:  MWA
New Order Knights (see KKK):  NOK
Order of the Eastern Star:  OES
Order of United American Mechanics:  OUAM
Patriarchs Militant (Independent Order of Odd Fellows):  PM
Patriotic Order of the Sons of America:  POSA
The Religious and Military Order of Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem:  RMOKHSJ
Rite of St. Vaclara:  RSTV
Rite of St. Vita:  RSTV
Roman Knights:  RK
Scottish Rite (Masonic Order):  SR
Royal Arch Masons:  RAM
Rosicrucian Order (Masonic):  RO-AUM
Saint Bonifazius Catholic Union:  SBCL
Society B. Lafayette:  SBL
Sons of the Confederate Veterans:  SCV
Sons of the American Revolution:  SAR
Shrine of North America (Masonic):  SNA-AUM
Sons of Veterans:  SV
Temple of Honor-Independent Order of Odd Fellows:  TH
United Confederate Veterans:  UCV
United Daughters of the Confederacy:  UDC
Veterans of Foreign Wars:  VFW
Woodsmen of the World:  WOW

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