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Using mother's surname

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Re: Using mother's surname

Posted: 1356160291000
Classification: Query
When families lived in Norway, they often had different patrynimic "surnames", such as:

Ole Pedersen
Gina Larsdatter
Lars Olsen
Mari Olsdatter

etc....

Now, when a family immigrated to America, the family had to have the SAME surname. There were no set rules as to what name they chose. They could take the father's surname (Pedersen), a form of the mother's surname (Larson), the name of a farm they were born at or once lived at (such as Foss, Haugen, Eid, etc,), or just any name they felt comfortable with.
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LSmithPA 1356152599000 
Brian Gaber 1356160291000 
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kj_norway 1356631040000 
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