Glossary of Fraternal Abbreviations


Cervus Alces               B.P. Order of Elks  = Latin name for North American Elk

Deus Meumque Jus     AA Scottish Rite Masonic 33rd Degree = Latin “God and My Right”

Dum Tacet Clamat      Woodmen of the World = Latin “Through Silent, He Speaks”

E.I.U.                          A.O. United Workmen, Select Knights = “Education, Industry, Union “

Ex Fide                       Royal Neighbors of America motto = Latin “From Faith”

F.A.T.A.L.                    Order of the Eastern Star motto

F.C.B.                         Knights of Pythias = Friendship, Charity, and Benevolence

F.C.F.                         Improved Order of Red Men = “Freedom, Charity, and Friendship”

F.E.C.M.U.                  Royal Neighbors of America = “Faith, Endurance, Courage, Modesty, and Unselfishness”

F.L.T.                          Odd Fellows = “Friendship, Love, and Truth”

F.R.C.                        Latin: “Fraternitas Rosae Crucis (Rosicrucians)” Fraternity of the Rosy Cross

F.R.C.                         Improved Order of Red Men = “Freedom, Charity, Friendship”

G                                Masonic with square and compasses = God / Geometry

G.E.R.                         BP Order of Elks: “Grand Exalted Ruler”

H.T.W.S.S.T.K.S.          Masonic Royal Arch = “Hiram the Widow’s Son Sent to King Solomon”

In Hoc Signo Spes Mea White Shrine of Jerusalem (Masonic) = “In this Sign is my Faith”

In Hoc Signo Vinces     Knights Templar, Masonic = “In this sign, thou Shalt Conquer”

IYOB FILIAE                 Job’s Daughters International

Justitia Universalis      Odd Fellows Patriarchs Militant  = “Universal Justice”

Labor Immia Vincit     Knights of Labor, later the American Federation of Labor = “Work Conquers All

Libertas et Patria        Sons of the American Revolution  =  “Liberty and Country”

L.I.F.E.                        Fraternal Order of Orioles = “Liberty, Integrity, Fraternity, and Equality”

Look Up, Lift Up          Epworth League slogan

O.F.DI                        Ordine Figli D’Italia, or in English “Order of the Sons of Italy:

P.A.P.                         Loyal Order of Moose: “Purity, Aid, and Progress”

Pax Aut Bellum           Odd Fellow Patriarch Militant motto = “Peace or War”

Spes Mea in Deo Est     AA Scottish Rite Masonic 32nd degree motto = “All My Trust is in God”

T.O.T.E.                      Improved Order of Red Men: “Totem of the Eagle” (the USA)

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