Names for Quakers

Quakers in Britain are known by a range of names. ‘Quaker’ was originally a nickname, although most Quakers are now happy to use it for themselves. The formal name for Quakers in Britain is ‘The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain’, and ‘Quakers in Britain’ is used as a short form in some contexts. Among themselves, Quakers often use other short forms of this name, such as ‘Friends’ and ‘the Society’. They might also talk about the ‘Yearly Meeting‘ as a body of people as well as using it to refer to an annual event.