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Re: Andersen

Posted: 1352498405000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1352498601000
Andersen = son of Anders
Andersdatter = daughter of Anders

Norwegian family surnames were established by law in 1923. Before that most Norwegians used real patronymics, individual surnames. Some upper-class and town people had started using family surnames from about 1850.

In 1865 census there are about 27 000 men with given name = Anders. Their sons then would get Andersen as surname (individual). Later on these sons might start using Andersen as a family surname. So most Andersens are not related to each other.
Check the children of some 1865 census Anders given names:
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aclanranch_2 1352496728000 
HaraldStorake... 1352498405000 
TarynMN 1355103579000 
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