Norway Project Naming Conventions

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For all of you with Norwegian ancestors, a new page about Norwegian Naming Conventions has been published. It was originally a part of the Norway Project FAQ, but has been split out and expanded.

It will hopefully be followed by other resource pages for Norwegian genealogy.

Edit: Changed title Edit 2: moved to Policy and Style

asked in Policy and Style by Leif Biberg Kristensen G2G6 Mach 2 (20.5k points)
recategorized by Leif Biberg Kristensen

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This is true of Swedish names too. Before 1900, last names were taken from the father’s first name, with ‘son’ or ‘dotter’ attached.  Or, the mother’s name.  On family records I’ve seen two or three last name choices for children.  Then of course when they arrived at Ellis Island for example, the name might be Americanized.
answered by Ellen Gustafson G2G2 (2.1k points)
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It's been great watching the evolution of this - the healthy discussions and the little refinements that have resulted in this well-written page!  Nice work!  It should be very helpful to so many of us with Norwegian roots.  The only sad part is that many of us didn't have it before!

A suggestion: add a link back to the Norway FAQ.  And update the Name Field Guidelines page to include this.  Edit: sorry, I missed that this was already done!

answered by Rob Jacobson G2G6 Mach 9 (90.3k points)
edited by Rob Jacobson

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