Sweden Soldier Names

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When a man entered into military service in Sweden, it was often the case that he would acquire a new surname. This practice was necessary to avoid the confusion of having multiple soldiers with the same given and patronymic surnames. For example, how would 5 men all named '''Olof OLofsson''' know when their name was called?<br>  
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When a man entered into military service in Sweden, it was often the case that he would take on a new surname. This was necessary to avoid the confusion of having multiple men serving together by the exact same name. For example, how would 5 men all named '''Olof Olofsson''' know when their name was called?<br>  
  
To avoid this confusion new soldiers were assigned a new surname. These surnames often were references to aspects of military life, such as Modig (''courageous''), Tapper (''brave''), Frimodig (''fearless, frank''), and Stark (''strong''). Sometimes, references were made to weaponry. Examples of this practice are Svärd (''sword''), Skjöld (''shield''), Spjut (''spear''), and Lans (''lance''). <br>  
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Often these "soldier names" were reflective of military life such as: Modig (''courageous''), Tapper (''brave''), Frimodig (''fearless, frank''), and Stark (''strong''). Sometimes, references were made to weaponry such as: Svärd (''sword''), Skjöld (''shield''), Spjut (''spear''), and Lans (''lance''). <br>  
  
Certain military surnames were assigned to the soldier residence found in nearly every parish. As the new recruit took over for his predecessor, the recruit often assumed the surname assigned to that particular soldier residence. You cannot assume that there is a relationship between two men who share the same soldier surname. Rarely, is there a family connection between two soldiers with similar surnames. <br>  
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In other cases you will find the soldier name is associated to the name of the soldier farm. The soldier would use the name of the soldier farm as his last name for the duration of his service at that farm. When he was discharged, he would move off the soldier farm. In many cases they kept using the soldier name. Then when a new recruit took over the soldier farm, the cycle would begin again. You cannot assume that there is a relationship between two men who share the same soldier surname.&nbsp;<br>  
  
Soldier surnames can indicate a reference to the locale from where a soldier may have come. For example, the surname Ekberg may indicate that the soldier is from a place called “Ekeby”. <br>  
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Sometimes the soldier surname can be a reference to where a soldier came from. For example, the surname Ekberg may be a variation on a place name where the soldier is from, such as “Ekeby”. <br>  
  
Children of a soldier father had the option of taking their father’s military surname as their personal surname or instead, may have decided to take their correct patronymical surname, based upon their father’s given name. For example, the children of soldier '''Anders Ljungström&nbsp;'''may have used either the '''Ljungström&nbsp;'''surname or chosen instead to be known as '''Andersson '''or'''Andersdotter'''.<br>  
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Children of a soldier had the option of taking their father’s military surname or not. Many chose to use their patronymic surname, based upon their father’s given name instead. For example, the children of soldier '''Anders Ljungström&nbsp;'''may have used either the '''Ljungström&nbsp;'''surname or chosen instead to be known as '''Andersson '''or&nbsp;'''Andersdotter'''.<br>  
  
 
Here are some examples of common Swedish soldier surnames:  
 
Here are some examples of common Swedish soldier surnames:  
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[[Category:Swedish_Military_History]]

Revision as of 16:25, 11 February 2011

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When a man entered into military service in Sweden, it was often the case that he would take on a new surname. This was necessary to avoid the confusion of having multiple men serving together by the exact same name. For example, how would 5 men all named Olof Olofsson know when their name was called?

Often these "soldier names" were reflective of military life such as: Modig (courageous), Tapper (brave), Frimodig (fearless, frank), and Stark (strong). Sometimes, references were made to weaponry such as: Svärd (sword), Skjöld (shield), Spjut (spear), and Lans (lance).

In other cases you will find the soldier name is associated to the name of the soldier farm. The soldier would use the name of the soldier farm as his last name for the duration of his service at that farm. When he was discharged, he would move off the soldier farm. In many cases they kept using the soldier name. Then when a new recruit took over the soldier farm, the cycle would begin again. You cannot assume that there is a relationship between two men who share the same soldier surname. 

Sometimes the soldier surname can be a reference to where a soldier came from. For example, the surname Ekberg may be a variation on a place name where the soldier is from, such as “Ekeby”.

Children of a soldier had the option of taking their father’s military surname or not. Many chose to use their patronymic surname, based upon their father’s given name instead. For example, the children of soldier Anders Ljungström may have used either the Ljungström surname or chosen instead to be known as Andersson or Andersdotter.

Here are some examples of common Swedish soldier surnames:

Ahlström Kock Sedig
Back Lidberg Sundqvist
Blixt Ljungqvist Svärd
Dahl Lång Trana
Eld Malmsten Tjäder
Fogel Möller Uggla
Grahn Norberg Valbom
Hasselstrand Orm Ål
Häger Påhlman Älg
Högström Rask Öman