What does IHS stand for?

Have you ever wondered what IHS stands for on gravestones? Sometimes people read it as being LHS. Read on...

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You may have spotted the 3 letter acronym on gravestones wherever you’ve travelled and wondered what it means? So what does IHS (not LHS, yes it looks like that but it’s not) actually mean? I did a bit of research to find out.

The most common translation it is said to stand for Iota eta Sigma which is the Ancient Greek for Jesus Christ’s name.

Recently we have been exploring the history of churchyards across Hampshire and this insignia has cropped up in a couple of places. I have also seen IHS inscribed on gravestones and tombs in other parts of Europe. So just had to find out...

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