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Name Change Question

Name Change Question

Posted: 13 Feb 2012 8:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Beck, Jensen, Koedal,Christensen
Hello!
i have an interesting and really intriguing issue in my family line in about the 1750's where a family took the name from the maiden name of the wife. Stephan Jensen Koedal married Bodil christensen Beck and all of the kids became Becks forevermore. Does anyone know why this would happen?
Thanks.

Re: Name Change Question

Posted: 3 Apr 2012 7:22PM GMT
Classification: Query
Just a guess Zack. Perhaps the wife's family was much more prominent than the husband's.

Paul

Re: Name Change Question

Posted: 3 Apr 2012 8:45PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks...ive heard that theory before. Sounds credible to me.

Re: Name Change Question

Posted: 3 Jan 2013 11:01PM GMT
Classification: Query
It's also possible that the name was taken from a farm or location. I have family from both Denmark and Norway. In rural areas of Norway, it seemed more common for families to use a farm name as their last name. If the husband moved to the farm where his wife lived, then the children would have that name. Most of my Danish ancestry has people that just use the patronymic system, with no other surname, but there are some who seem to be using a farm name or a physical description.

Re: Name Change Question

Posted: 4 Jan 2013 12:31AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Beck,
Thanks for the information! Im constantly trying to narrow this down, dont know if i will ever know for sure but i hope so. Thanks!
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