Canadian Headstone Abbreviations of Fraternal Orders (National Institute)

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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course Canadian Local Histories and Special Collections  by Michelle LaBrosse-Purcell, B.Sc., MLIS. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).

Fraternal Associations (cont.)[edit | edit source]

Fraternal Order/Membership Organization Headstone Abbreviations[edit | edit source]

Below is a list of headstone abbreviations, and their meanings:


AAONMS Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (Masonic)
AASR Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite (Masonic)
ABA American Benefit Association
AF and AM  
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons
ALOH American Legion of Honor
Allied Masonic Degree
AMORC Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis (Rosicrucians)
AMOS Ancient Mystic Order of Samaritans (see IOOF)
AOF Ancient Order Of Foresters
AOH Ancient Order of Hibernians
AOKMC Ancient Order Of Knights of Mystic Chain
AOUW Ancient Order Of United Workmen
APA American Protective Association
Ancient Order of Mysteries (Masonic)
AUSA Association of the United States Army
AUV Association of Union Veterans


B of RTM Brotherhood of Rail Road Track Men
BARE Benefit Association Of Railway Employees
BAY Brotherhood of American Yeomen
BK of M Black Knights of Molders
BKA Benevolent Knights Association
BLE Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers
BLF&E Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen & Engineers
BPOE Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
BPOEW Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World
BRT Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen


CAR Children of the American Revolution
CBKA Commandery Benevolent Knights Association
CBL Catholic Benevolent Legion
CCTAS Crusaders-Catholic Total Abstinence Society
CD of A Catholic Daughters of America
CK of A Catholic Knights of America
CMBA Catholic Mutual Benefit Association
COOF Catholic Order of Foresters
CSA Confederate States Army
CTAS Catholic Total Abstinence Society


DAR Daughters of the American Revolution
D.O.A./DA Daughters of America
DAC Daughters of the American Colonists
DAV Disabled American Veterans
DOKK Dramatic Order Knights of Khorassan (Knights of Pythias)
DoL Daughters of Liberty
DOLLUS Dames of the Loyal Legion of the United States
DON Daughters of the Nile (Masonic)
DUV Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War


EAA Experimental Aircraft Association
EAU Equitable Aid Union
EBA Emerald Beneficial Association
ECVE Clampus Vitus


FAA Free and Accepted Americans
FAM Free and Accepted Masons
FCB Knights of Pythias
FLT Independent Order of Odd Fellows
FMF Fleet Marine Force
FOAST Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers
FOE Fraternal Order of Eagles
FOF Fraternal Order of Firefighters
Fraternal Order of Police


GAR Grand Army of the Republic
GALSTPTR German American Legion of St. Peter
GLAUM Grand Lodge Ancient Order of Mysteries-Masonic Order
GLDS Grand Lodge Daughters of Scotia
GUOOF Grand United Order of Odd Fellows


HZ Haro Zaro


IBBH International Brotherhood of Blacksmiths and Helpers
ICBU Irish Catholic Benevolent Union
IHSV Red Cross of Constantine (Masonic)
IOA International Order of Alhambra
IODE Independent Order, Daughters of the Empire
IOF Independent Order of Foresters
IOGT International Order of Good Templars
IOH Improved Order of Heptasophs
IOHH International Order of Hoo-Hoo
IOI Independent Order of Immaculates
IOJD Independent Order of Job’s Daughters
Independent Order of Knights of Pythias
IOOF Independent Order of Odd Fellows
IOOF-PM Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Past Master
IOR Independent Order of Rechabites
IORG International Order of Rainbow Girls (Masonic)
IORM Improved Order of Redmen (Sons of Liberty)
IOStL Independent Order of St. Luke
IOV International Order of Vikings
ISDA Italian Sons and Daughters of America
ISH Independent Sons of Honor
IUOM Independent United Order of Mechanics
IWW Industrial Workers of the World


JAOUW Junior Order-Ancient Order of United Workmen
J.O.A.M. Junior Order of American Mechanics
Junior Order of United American Mechanics


K.of C. Knights of Columbus
K.of P. Knights of Pythias
K of FM Knights of Father Matthew
K of H Knights of Honor
K of L Knights of Loyola
K.M. Knights of Malta (Masonic)
K.T. Knights Templar
K of SJ Knights of St. John
K of STP Knights of St. Patrick
K of STW Knights of St. Wenceslas
K of T Knights of Tabor
K of TM Knights of the Macabees
KC Knights of Columbus
KFM Knights of Father Matthew
KG Knights of St. George
KGC Knights of the Golden Chain
KGC Knights of the Golden Circle
KGE Knights of the Golden Eagle
KGL Knight Grand Legion
KHC Knights of Holy Cross
KKK Knights of Klu-Klux Klan
KLH Knights and Ladies of Honor
KM Knights Militant (See KKK)
KM Knights of Malta (Masonic)
KMC Knights of the Mystic Chain
KOL Knights of Labor
KOTM Knights of the Macabees
KP Knights of Pythias
KPC Knights of Peter Claver
KSC Knights of St. Columbkille
KSF Knights of Sherwood Forest
KSL Knights of St. Lawrence
KSTG Knights of St. George
Knights of St. Ignatius
KSTJ Knights of St. Joseph
KSTM Knights of St. Martin
KSTP Knights of St. Paul
KSTP Knights of St. Peter
KSTT Knights of St. Thomas
KT Knights of Tabor
KT Knights Templars (Masonic)


LAOH Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians
LDG Independent Order of Foresters
LGAR Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic
LK of A Loyal Knights of America
LOL Loyal Order Orange Lodge (The Orange Order) {Orange Men}
L.O.M. Loyal Order of Moose
LOOM Loyal Order of the MOOSE
LOVUS Legion of Valor of the United States


M.W.A. Modern Woodmen of America
MAW Marine Air Wing
M.W.A. Modern Woodmen of America
MBS Mutual Benefit Society
MCL Marine Corps League
MOLLUS Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States
MOOSE Loyal Order of the Moose
MOPH Military Order of the Purple Heart
MOVPER Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Mystic Realm (Grotto)
Royal Arcanum


Neighbors of Woodcraft
NCOA Non-Commissioned Officers Association (Military Society)
NEOP New England Order of Protection
NL Navy League
NOK New Order Knights (see KKK)
NSDAR National Society Daughters of American Revolution
NSDAR National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
National Society Sons of Utah Pioneers
NU National Union


O of A Order of Amaranth (Masonic)
O of UF Order of United Friends
OCF Order of Chosen Friends
ODHS Des Schwestern Verbandes (Sisters of the Federation)
OES Order of the Eastern Star
OGC Order of the Golden Cross
OSC Order of Scottish Clans (St. Andrew’s Societies)
OUAM Order of United American Mechanics


PF of A Patriotic Friends of America
PH The Order of Patrons of Husbandry (The Grange)
PM Patriarchs Militant (Independent Order of Odd Fellows)


RA Royal Academy
RA Royal Arcanum
R.A.M. Royal Arch Masons
R.N.A. Royal Neighbors of America
RIP Requiescat in pace, Latin for REST IN PEACE
RK Roman Knights
RMOKHSJ The Religious and Military Order of Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
RO-AUM Rosicrucian Order (Masonic)
ROJ Royal Order of Jesters (Masonic)
RSGF Royal Society of Good Fellows
RSM Royal and Select Masons
RSTV Rite of St. Vaclara
RSTV Rite of St. Vita
RTT Royal Templars of Temperance


S.A.L. Sons of the American Legion
SAR Sisters of the American Revolution
SAR Sons of the American Revolution
S.A.W.V. Spanish American War Veteran
SBCL Saint Bonifazius Catholic Union
SBL Society B. Lafayette
SCV Sons of the Confederate Veterans
Sons of the Confederate Veterans of the Civil War
S of E Sons of England
S.F.W.C. Supreme Forest Woodmen Circle
SMAA Scandinavian Mutual Aid Association
SNA-AUM Shrine of North America (Masonic)
S.O.C.V. Sons of the Confederate Veterans
SR Scottish Rite (Masonic)
ST Sons of Temperance
ST.G S o NY St. George’s Society of New York
SUVCW Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
S of St.G Sons of St. George
S.S.M.A. Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Association
Sons of the United Veteran’s of the Civil War
SV Sons of Veterans
SV Sons of Veterans of the United States of America


TCL Tall Ceders of Lebanon (Masonic)
TH Temple of Honor and Temperance-Independent Order of Odd Fellows
TH Temple of Honor-Independent Order of Odd Fellows
TPLF Temple of Honor and Temperance, IOOF
TROA The Retired Officer’s Association


U.S.A. United States Army
United States Air Force
United States Marine Corp
U.S.N. United States Navy
UAOD United Ancient Order of Druids
UCV United Confederate Veterans
United Daughters of the Confederacy
UFL Union Fraternal League
UFM United Friends of Michigan
United Order of Pilgrim Fathers
The Uniform Ranks designation found on many


VFW Veterans of Foreign Wars


W.C. Woodmen Circle
W.O.W. Woodmen of the World
W.O.W. Women of Woodcraft
WKSC White Knights of the Southern Cross (See KKK)


YMCA Young Men’s Christian Association
YWCA Young Women’s Christian Association


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