Index to Norway Parishes and Farms

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Index to Norway Farms and Parishes

For many centuries Norwegians had only one name -- their Christian, or first name, given the child when it was christened. The second name was the patronymic form -- that is, if a man's first name was Hans, his daughter was (firstname) Hansdatter and his son was (firstname) Hansson. In the 1870's legislation was passed which stated that women should use the masculine form for their patronymic. Therefore, Guri Johnsdatter became Guri Johnson.

Those who lived in rural areas also used a third name to indicate where they lived -- the farm name. When people moved from one farm to another, their last name became the name of the new farm. It wasn't until after 1900 that legislation mandated that people must take permanent family names. Some took the name of the farm while others took the patronymic.

Your farm and parish names can be posted either by sending me an e-mail message or by posting your information or query to the Rootsweb Norway Message Boards. Be sure to choose the correct "county" (fylke) before posting. Postings to the Norway Message boards will appear there immediately.

Post Farm/Parish names (& data) Norway Message Boards
Click on "Counties" under Norway Categories, then select the appropriate county.

POST Farm/Parish Names via e-mail

Please include "
Farm/Parish Name" in your subject line
and list your information in the
order given below:
farm and/or parish, county, surname(s), researcher name and e-mail address.
Please limit your posts to one farm name at a time.

Please post according to alphabet
(A-B or L-M, for example) as listed below. Thanks.

Guidelines for posting Farm/Parish Names



Click below to view desired farm/parish list




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Linda K. Schwartz
Norway Webmaster and Coordinator

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