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    Re: Sur Name as a First Name

    Quote Originally Posted by High Threshold View Post
    The female version can only be found today in Iceland, as in “-dattir”.
    They had a Prime Minister who made that name format famous on news broadcasts around the world, Vigdis Finnbogadottir. I presume either Finnboga was her mother or Finbog was her father. I'm trying to recall what she was famous for. It might have been ordering her navy to open fire on the British Trawler Fleet, but perhaps I'm making that up.



    eta: I looked her up and apologize unreservedly, she was President and she ordered no such thing. To quote Wikipedia, "In addition to being both Iceland and Europe's first female president, she was the world's first democratically elected female head of state. With a presidency of exactly sixteen years, she also remains the longest-serving, elected female head of state of any country to date."
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    Re: Sur Name as a First Name

    Quote Originally Posted by Týr View Post
    They had a Prime Minister who made that name format famous on news broadcasts around the world, Vigdis Finnbogadottir. I presume either Finnboga was her mother or Finbog was her father. ....
    I am no expert on Icelandic history but there is no Scandinavian tradition (that I know) of naming any children in a way that would indicate the name of their mother. Always the possesive suffix of -son or -daughter of the father. I have no doubt that there is - and will be - feminists who will give it a try but there is no common practice of it (yet) to be found in Sweden anyway.

    BTW. "Finn" is an old Scandinavian name for males which is making a timid come-back in Sweden, so I suppose any derivative of that would be for a male, but don't quote me!

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    Re: Sur Name as a First Name

    Just out of interest and slightly on topic, Zimbabwean mothers and fathers are known by their first born's name, so the mother would be known as Mai John, pronounced My and the father Baba John.
    It goes against the European idea of naming the child after the parent, or in honour of the parent, parents in Africa are proud to me known as the parent of the child.
    It is an extremely strange concept when put beside the opposing European method.
    I thought I knew more than this until I opened my mouth

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    Re: Sur Name as a First Name

    Quote Originally Posted by High Threshold View Post
    [B] there is no common practice of it (yet) to be found in Sweden anyway.
    Nor, as you say, in Iceland. I checked and her father is shown as Finnbogi.
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    Re: Sur Name as a First Name

    Quote Originally Posted by Týr View Post
    Nor, as you say, in Iceland. I checked and her father is shown as Finnbogi.
    I was afraid to stick my neck out and say so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by High Threshold View Post
    I was afraid to stick my neck out and say so.
    If I was called Finnbogi I'd live under a bridge and eat goats.
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    Re: Sur Name as a First Name

    Mmmmm ... Goats.

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    Re: Sur Name as a First Name

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    If I was called Finnbogi I'd live under a bridge and eat goats.
    Perhaps that's why the Icelandic Settlement Goat is near extinction.
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    Re: Sur Name as a First Name

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruv View Post
    Just out of interest and slightly on topic, Zimbabwean mothers and fathers are known by their first born's name, so the mother would be known as Mai John, pronounced My and the father Baba John.
    It goes against the European idea of naming the child after the parent, or in honour of the parent, parents in Africa are proud to me known as the parent of the child.
    It is an extremely strange concept when put beside the opposing European method.
    That's Really Interesting!

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    Re: Sur Name as a First Name

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnneBoleyn View Post
    That's Really Interesting!
    I thought so too.
    It turns our way on it's head.
    Mai means mother Baba means father.
    I thought I knew more than this until I opened my mouth

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