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Surnames in Norway and elsewhere
Ole David Østli
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Inherited family names were not all that common in Norway until 1900. Rather, what was used as a "surname" by ordinary people, was just a patronym, derived from the father's name. Sometimes, sources give the name of the farm on which people lived as another surname. Both these kinds of surnames were later user as inherited family names. It does not make sense to automatically assign the husbands patronym to a wife, as "married name",  before ca 1900. She is still a "Johnsdatter" (John's daughter), even if her husband is a "Pedersen" (Peder's son). 

MyHeritage should include the option to distinguish between different kinds of surnames, to handle them correctly. I'm sure this is a problem in many cultures.

Ole David Østli
Norge
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RE: Surnames in Norway and elsewhere
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This is not a fatal problem, but I agree it's annoying.  My family tree spreads its branches all over the world, so you can imagine my problem.  In FTB you do have the option of not having the automatic assignment, but you cannot do it selectively.
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RE: Surnames in Norway and elsewhere [2]
Sara BA
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Hello Ole,

Thank you for using our forum to ask questions and learn more about MyHeritage.

MyHeritage offer some options when it comes to distinguish between different kinds of surnames, both online and online.

Click here to see how to change the way that last names are shown on my family site?

In Family Tree Builder you can do in the following way. Open Family Tree Builder, click on “Tools”, “Options” and there chose the category “Names”. There you have several options of how you want to manage names in Family Tree Builder.  

Sara BA
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RE: Surnames in Norway and elsewhere [3]
Anders Karlsson
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In Smart Matches I find it difficult to match when Matching tree has selected to show married name.

If I dont know about a marrage I get a name I dont recognize. I need to go in to Verify person for each and every match because of this. It should be possible for the user (Me) to select how I want to see the names. I can then easily see which are wrong.

 For some reason People who dont know about the naming conventions make a mix of everything.

IE.

We have Anna (born 1700 in Sweden) who is daughter of Per Andersson and she is married to Nils Svensson

What is her name?

Anna Persdotter (correct)

Anna Persson, Anna Andersson, Anna Andersdotter, Anna Svensson, Anna Svensdotter (All wrong)

I have seen all combinations.

/Anders

Anders Karlsson
Sverige
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RE: Surnames in Norway and elsewhere [3]
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Yes, I know.  But unless I am missing something, the option you choose applies to all and cannot be overridden.
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