I want to make sure I have the correct spelling of Aad Johnson's Norwegian Name? Which is it?

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I am finding different spellings of Aad Johnson's norwegian name: Johansen, Johannesen, Johanneson... Which one is the correct name?
in Genealogy Help by Anonymous Lathrop G2G2 (2.4k points)
recategorized by Eowyn Walker

Anonymous Lathrop do you have wiki profile for Aad Johnson and in what sources you have found the different spelling. 

arkivverket.no is a good place to research in Norway..

I have got good answers at the forum they have see https://forum.arkivverket.no/topic/200872-hur-tolkas-detta/

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Unfortunately, before the mid-1900's, there was no official spelling for people and place names. Many of our ancestors were illiterate, and didn't know how to spell their names, nor did their parents. The spelling you got depended on who was doing the paperwork, and that could vary from place to place and day to day. People didn't think of spelling the way you or I do. If someone asked you, "What font do you use for your name?" you'd probably laugh and say, "I don't care, whatever font you want to use!" That seems to have been the attitude toward spelling names. Modern genealogists in Norway often spell the same person's name differently. So it's best to just pick one and stick with it.

A good description of all this is here at http://arvegods.blogspot.com/2012/02/norwegian-names.html

(Edited to add link)

by Morris Danielson G2G Crew (390 points)
edited by Morris Danielson

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