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Peter fra LAThursday 10th of March 2005 11:48:24 PM
Norwegian Names Research -
Børge Solem has put together an interesting article on the genealogy of Norwegian Names:

o Given name - First name - Christian name
o Patronymic
o Surname - farm name - family name
o The old traditions of naming
o Those Norwegian letters - æ, ø, and å
o Histform and those funny signs * @ !! ??

The following is an excerpt of the Old Traditions:

The old traditions of naming

I'll mention the old norse naming traditions first, even though it might not be relevant to us when searching for our ancestors. However, it is still interesting. When naming a child it was a custom to use a component from both the father's and the mother's name for the first born of both sexes, and from other relatives names for the next siblings. Example:

father: Bjørnar (prefix "Bjørn" suffix "ar")
mother: Gunnild (prefix "Gunn" suffix "ild")
son: Gunnar (suffix "Gunn" from the mother's name, and suffix "ar" from the father's name)
daughter: Bjørnild (suffix "Bjørn" from the father's name, and suffix "ild" from the mother's name)

In the more recent times, from which we have written material that can serve as sources for genealogists, we find other naming traditions.

When a couple was married and had children, the custom was that the first born son was named after his paternal grandfather, with the exception of when a man married a woman and took over her father's farm, then we usually se the first born son named after the maternal grandfather. The second born son would usually be named after his maternal grandfather. The first born daughter was usually named after her paternal grandmother, and the second born daughter after her maternal grandmother. There were some other exceptions, when one of the spouses died, and the remaining remarried. The first born child of the same sex as the deceased was named after him or her. Also, if one of the parents of an unborn child died prior to the child being baptized, one would name a child of the same sex as the deceased, after him or her. If a child died, the next born child of the same sex was usually named after the deceased child.

If you are interested in the rest, see the full article by clicking below:
Norwegian Name Hertiage
CharonPluFriday 11th of March 2005 06:47:20 AM
- What an 'interesting' naming system :)