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# Wednesday, 08 April 2015
Scandinavian Genealogy: Chart of Patronymic Surname Suffixes in Norway, Sweden and Denmark
Posted by Diane

Patronymic surnames (formed by adding a prefix or suffix to the first name of a child's father) exist in many countries, but the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden and Denmark are perhaps best known for their patronymic naming systems.

On the plus side, patronyms give you clues to a father's name, but a surname that changes with every generation can make it hard to trace a family over time. The "rules" for creating a patronym also changed with the time, place and family.

Each Scandinavian country’s residents used different suffixes, shown in the chart below, to form their patronymic surnames. Norway generally followed the pattern of the ruling country.

The chart holds true through most of the 18th and 19th centuries. Then as countries began passing laws that mandated fixed surnames, families slowly began adopting them. Late in the 19th century, many families, especially in Denmark, began using the male extension for both sons and daughters.

Country Son Daughter
Denmark -sen -datter
Sweden
-son -dotter
Norway before 1814 (Danish rule) -sen -datter
Norway 1814-1905 (Swedish rule) -son -dotter
Norway after 1905 (independence) -søn -dotter

Sorting out patronymics is just one skill you'll learn in our Family Tree University online course Scandinavian Genealogy 101, which runs April 13-May 8. The course also covers history and geography and their effect on your research, language and genealogical terminology, and church and other records of Scandinavian countries.

Learn more about Scandinavian Genealogy 101, see a course outline and register at FamilyTreeUniversity.com.


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Wednesday, 08 April 2015 13:29:52 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, 07 November 2014
Genealogy News Corral: Nov. 3-7
Posted by Diane

  • Family tree site WikiTree has added two new features to its Relationshop Finder tool, which helps those who've taken genetic genealogy tests find matches on WikiTree. The Relationship Finder now lets you easily browse all the ancestors you have in common with matches, and lets you filter your common ancestors to display only those who also are shared with a third, fourth or fifth person. You can read WikiTree's announcement about the relationship finder here.


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Friday, 07 November 2014 15:02:46 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [0]