Swedish naming practices

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Swedish naming practices are often difficult for non-Swedes to understand. This excellent explanation should greatly help people searching for their Swedish genealogy.


Author Hans Högman describes in detail the Swedish naming customs through the centuries. Written in English, it is easy for the beginner to understand, but also includes information that advanced researchers may not know. It includes many examples of names.


The article is divided into the following sections:

  • Patronymic
  • Clergy
  • Nobility
  • Craftsman
  • Soldiers
  • Children born out of wedlock
  • Emigrants
  • The end of the patronymic names
  • Links

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