Women’s Name Changes

Some months ago I promised to find and post this quote about the practice in the Middle Ages of sometimes changing the given name of a wife. It wasn’t widespread, but it happened often enough to be worth noticing: “The wife was sometimes so completely absorbed into the family of the one man who had … Read more

Swedish Priests’ Names

Scandinavians didn’t use hereditary surnames in most cases until about 1900. Their customs would surprise many Americans. The following information was adapted from a posting to the Norrbotten mailing list by Gwen Boyer Björkman. Before the Protestant Reformation, a clergyman used only his given name preceded by Herr (Sir). Thus Herr Johannes, Herr Mikael, Herr … Read more

Origin of the Surname Hauri

An updated version of this information appears on Geni.com. The standard spelling of the name is now Hauri in Switzerland and Haury in Germany. In the United States, the usual spellings are Howery, Howry and Howrey. In early records the name is variously spelled Haury, Höri, Horin and Houri. We find Hovri at 1282, 1303 … Read more

Swedish Soldiers’ Names

Scandinavians didn’t use hereditary surnames in most cases until about 1900. Their customs would surprise many Americans. The following information was adapted from a posting to the Norrbotten mailing list by Gwen Boyer Björkman.Because Swedish soldiers typically came from rural backgrounds, they often used patronymics. These names might be very common, such as Andersson, Eriksson, … Read more

Swedish Names

Scandinavians didn’t use hereditary surnames in most cases until about 1900. Their customs would surprise many Americans. Swedish Priests’ Names Swedish Soldiers’ Names