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Using mother's surname

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Re: Using mother's surname

Posted: 22 Dec 2012 12:11AM GMT
Classification: Query
When families lived in Norway, they often had different patrynimic "surnames", such as:

Ole Pedersen
Gina Larsdatter
Lars Olsen
Mari Olsdatter


Now, when a family immigrated to America, the family had to have the SAME surname. There were no set rules as to what name they chose. They could take the father's surname (Pedersen), a form of the mother's surname (Larson), the name of a farm they were born at or once lived at (such as Foss, Haugen, Eid, etc,), or just any name they felt comfortable with.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
LSmithPA 22 Dec 2012 5:03AM GMT 
Brian Gaber 22 Dec 2012 7:11AM GMT 
LSmithPA 22 Dec 2012 7:54PM GMT 
kj_norway 27 Dec 2012 5:57PM GMT 
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