A Handbook of Scandinavian Names

Paperback | December 9, 2010

byNancy L. Coleman, Olav Veka

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Are you looking for
•    A Scandinavian name for your baby?
•    The names of Norse gods and heroes?
•    The history and meaning of Scandinavian first names?
•    Variations and alternate spellings for common Scandinavian names?
•    Naming traditions and customs in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark?

A Handbook of Scandinavian Names includes a dictionary of more than fifteen hundred given names from Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, plus some from Iceland and Finland. Each entry provides a guide to pronunciation and the origin and meaning of the name. Many entries also include variations and usage in the Scandinavian countries and famous bearers of the name.
    Adding engaging context to the dictionary section is an extensive comparative guide to naming practices. The authors discuss immigration to North America from Scandinavia and the ways given names and surnames were adapted in the New World. Also included in the book is a history of Scandinavian names, information on “Name Days,” and discussion of significant names from mythology and history, including naming traditions in royal families.

Winner, Reference Book of the Year, Midwest Book Awards

Finalist, USA Best Books Award for Parenting/Family Reference


 

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Are you looking for•    A Scandinavian name for your baby?•    The names of Norse gods and heroes?•    The history and meaning of Scandinavian first names?•    Variations and alternate spellings for common Scandinavian names?•    Naming traditions and customs in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark?A Handbook of Scandinavian Names includes a di...

Nancy L. Coleman taught English, German, and Norwegian at a high school in Hamar, Norway, and is editor and translator of the English-Norwegian/Norwegian-English dictionary Password. Olav Veka is president of the Norwegian Name Association (Norsk namnelag) and the author of many reference works and textbooks on Norwegian language, lite...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:December 9, 2010Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299248348

ISBN - 13:9780299248345

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Table of Contents

Preface


Pronunciation Guide


    Danish


    Norwegian


    Swedish


Abbreviations and Symbols


Girls' Names


Boys' Names


A Guide to Scandinavian Naming


Scandinavian Immigration to the USA


    Sweden


    Finland


    Denmark


    Norway


    Iceland


        Summary of Immigration from the Scandinavian Countries


    The Impact at Home


    Scandinavian Ancestry in the US Today


        Map 1: Distribution of Americans with Danish Ancestry, 2000 US Census


        Map 2: Distribution of Americans with Norwegian Ancestry, 2000 US Census


        Map 3: Distribution of Americans with Swedish Ancestry, 2000 US Census


Naming Traditions in Scandinavia


        A Note on the Scandinavian Alphabets


    Given Names, Patronymics and Surnames


    Surnames in Iceland


        A Surname to use Abroad


        Icelandic Surnames in the USA


    Surnames in Denmark


        Danish Surnames in the USA


    Surnames in Norway


        Norwegian Surnames in the USA


        Examples of Americanized Forms


    Surnames in Sweden


        Swedish Surnames in the USA


    Summary of Surname Types


        How Common are Scandinavian Surnames in the US?


Namesakes in the Scandinavian Tradition


    Adapting Names in Scandinavian America


        Some Theories and Studies


            Some Strategies


        Scandinavian Names in the USA


            Scandinavian Girls' Names in US Naming Tradition


            Scandinavian Boys' Names in US Naming Tradition


Scandinavian Given Names in an Historical Perspective


    Names in the Viking Age (750-1050)


        Viking Age Women's Names (contemporary spellings)


        Viking Age Men's Names (contemporary spellings)


    The Influence of Christianity


    Borrowed Names


        1. German Names


        2. French and English Names


    The Scandinavian Names Renaissance


        Most frequently used Men's Names in the 1920s


        Most frequently used women's names in the 1920s


    Given Names Today


Name Laws


    Denmark


    Norway


    Sweden


What's In a Name—Danish, Norwegian or Swedish?


Map of Typical Names in Denmark, Norway and Sweden


Top Names in Scandinavia Today


    Popular Boys' Names in Scandinavia


    Popular Girls' Names in Scandinavia


Names from Norse Mythology


    Girls' Names


    Boys' Names


Name Days


Naming Traditions in the Royal Families


    Denmark


        Advice on Using Danish Royal Names


        Danish Regents from Gorm the Old to Margrethe II


        Recommended Danish Royal Names (with adjusted spelling)


    Norway


        Advice on Using Norwegian Royal Names


        Norwegian Regents from Harald Fairhair to Harald V


        Recommended Norwegian Royal Names (with adjusted spelling)


    Sweden


        Advice on Using Swedish Royal Names


        Swedish Regents from Erik Segersall to Carl XVI Gustaf (list somewhat simplified)


        Recommended Swedish Royal Names (with adjusted spelling)


A Scandinavian Name for Your Baby


    Recommended Girl's Names


        Table 1: Girls' Names Easily Pronounced in English


        Table 2: Girls' Names With an Acceptable English Pronunciation


    Recommended Boys' Names


        Table 3: Boys' Names Easily Pronounced in English


        Table 4: Boys' Names With Acceptable English Pronunciation


Definitions


References


Index

Editorial Reviews

“Invitingly readable! Setting these names in context, this dictionary also provides a concise, stimulating primer on Scandinavian mythology, history, and immigration, as well as highlighting subtle but highly significant differences among Scandinavian countries.”—Kathleen Stokker, author of Norsk, Nordmenn og Norge