Posted By:Judy Baouab
Subject:Re: Help with a record
Post Date:November 29, 2012 at 12:43:36
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Forum:Sweden Genealogy Forum
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The patronymic last name Persson LITERALLY MEANS Per's son. Persson was not a surname at that time as it would have been in the U.S. Patronymic last names changed from generation to generation depending upon the given name of the father plus a possessive s and then "son" for male children and "dotter" for female children. You can not use U.S. naming customs to research in Swedish parish records or you will end up researching the wrong lines.

Read this interesting and informative article about Swedish naming customs which was written by Ingela Martenius.

Persson is also an EXCEEDINGLY common last name in Sweden.

Do you have a specific source reference to where you have found your Anders Persson in Swedish parish records?