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Re: Andersen

Posted: 9 Nov 2012 3:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 9 Nov 2012 3:03PM GMT
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:
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
aclanranch_2 9 Nov 2012 9:32PM GMT 
HaraldStorake... 9 Nov 2012 10:00PM GMT 
TarynMN 10 Dec 2012 1:39AM GMT 
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