Another post - to do with Patronomic names (spell?)

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Recently came across a fellow whose birth name was different from his children borne.

His name was Laurence Jamieson and his family all had the surname of Laurenson.  Enquired and received a message back that it had to do with patronymic names.  Do not have many in my Shetland family with this situation but thought some might be interested.
in The Tree House by E. Lauraine Syrnick G2G6 Mach 9 (95.4k points)
There is nothing like confusing people.  So if a person finds someone who they think are related, they may not be because someone just liked the sound of a name etc.
Started with one of the  Laurence Laurensons and know he is related as he went to South Arica and have a lot of family information on him.   However, do not know if all 177 Laurence Laurenson are related to my family or not, but am sure about the one who went to South Africa.

Thought it interesting to note that some of the Laurenson family had a father with a  different surname, so enquired about it and received a message back that it was due to use of patronymic names in Shetland.  Many of the Shetlanders have  a close relationship with the Danes which explains this.  These go back to the 1790 or even further back.

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In the Nordic countries we have hordes of ancestry with no permanent family name, but with a patronymic. -which is really helpful, when you are searching for the next generation up in the tree. A Johan Johansson's father is with great probability called Johan. ;D

In Finland, family names became compulsory in 1920, but already in the latter part of 19th century taking a family name became popular. However, you could take a name to your pleasing, and e.g. my g-gf and his two brothers chose different family names.

In my opinion, wikitree should offer the possibility to show a person's patronymic separately from usual "middle names", as the patronymic offers this hint to the parent. And yes, there are matronymic names, too, if the mom was not married.

People with patronymic names could use the name of the house or the estate they lived in as a last name, but using that as a family name can be misleading, because when the person moved to another household, he or she often changed that name right away.
by Olli Lahtinen G2G1 (1.5k points)
How do you find out about relations?  Having used a surname for many years going back to the 1600's, it seems strange to me that some Shetlanders used patronymic names.  Many familiar names of John, William, James, etc. - many which made sorting them out difficult.  However, when it came to patronymic names feel really stumped.  The only reason I know about this is because Tony Gott informed me as I noted the difference in surnames on a file of the Laurenson.   Had heard before of patronymic names, but this one was puzzling.  Perhaps the reason that I can't go back further with the Shetlanders in my background.
Isn't there a strong Nordic presence in the Shetland Islands? That could explain the use of patronymic names there. What are the dates of this family?
Family:  Nicol Smith b. May 20, 1747 & Katherine Sinclair b. Oct 2, 1752 married i 1767.

If you want to look at this family you can work backwards from myself which is Smith-5003 and run back the male line.  OR you can also look at the following site:  http://bayanne.info/Shetland/    Of course you may not find the  correct Smith family at the site.  Knew my family had come to Canada in the 1860'so and found my G.Grandfather who came to work with the Hudson Bay Company.

Was lucky enough to visit Shetland this past May with my daughter when we stayed with cousins who took us around and showed us many sites.  It was a dream vacation.  They were so kind to us.

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