If a lot of people have the same first name, like Jón, all their children must have the same surname when using the patronymic system, how does this work? Skip to content

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If a lot of people have the same first name, like Jón, all their children must have the same surname when using the patronymic system, how does this work?

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In Iceland, most people use a patronymic or matronymic name instead of a family name. Surnames are based on the given name of one of their parents, plus the suffix –son for sons and –dóttir for daughters. It’s true that many people can share the same surname because of this system. If a person has […]
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