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From: Eve McLaughlin <>
Subject: Re: [Lon] Crisem child
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2002 00:12:02 +0000
In message <>, Al & Melissa Zimmerman
>I found an entry in a parish register which lists the burial of a
>"Crisem child of........" Can anyone enlighten me as to what this term
>means? I have looked in numerous Latin dictionaries and on ancient
>terms websites, but have only found one reference which said it was an
>archaic term for the movement made during copulation!
That is not so, and whoever dreamed it up was talking nonsense.
. The frequent opinion is that this is a child who died between
christening, when it was wrapped in a chrisom cloth, and a month later,
when the mother was churched and the cloth returned (washed, I hope).
However, as the vast majority of the babies so buried are nameless, it
seems likely that this is a baby dying BEFORE formal christening,
possible having been signed by the midwife only.
The word occurs as Chrisom, chrisomer, christomer. (?a baby ripe for
Author of the McLaughlin Guides for family historians
Secretary Bucks Genealogical Society