My swedish family that I have located, seemed to have named their daughter the same as the last. I noticed that also went for males. They would change up the middle name, just enough to show they weren't the same person. For example, Hanna Anna Persdotter and Hanna Ann Persdotter My great great Aunts.
Does anyone know the reason for that?
Let's see! We have Hanna Anna Persdotter, b. 1861, Glimakia, Kristianstad, Sweden , d. 1961, Glimakia, Kristianstad, Sweden married and had children and her sister Hanna Ann Persdotter, b. 1862, Glimakia, Kristianstad, Sweden , d. 1950, Glimakia, Kristianstad, Sweden isn't listed having a spouse or children but a year seemed to be put into the system for those of uncertain deaths. The reason I think that 1950 was a
go to year" due to unknowing of the actual year was because Hanna Anna and Hanna Ann had two sisters both named Ingrid.
Ingrid Persdotter, b. 1864, Glimakia, Kristianstad, Sweden , d. 1950, Sweden. She married and had two children. Her sister . Ingrid Persdotter, b. 14 Dec 1881, Glimakia, Kristianstad, Sweden , d. 14 Nov 1944, Providence, RI had been listed as dying in Sweden in 1950 which was untrue because she is my grandmother! Her having immigrated, didn't show so I had that changed.
So I am going to assume that women and men alike had namesakes. Assuming that in that time frame, surviving through infancy was hopeful but not always certain.
I have been caught up in different branches on either side of my family with names like Mary with their middle names being used. I am still trying to sort through and figure that one out. It gets a little tricky.
Thanks for the reply!!
Most of the time, I think it does have a lot to do with namesakes. I've got two siblings named Maria Anna in different orders. The mother's name was Maria; the paternal grandmother's was Anna. The names often got swapped on documents, which makes their records impossible to sort out.
Sometimes though, the meaning was religious. I have one family where every girl was named Marie. They went by their middle names.
I should preface this by saying that neither of my examples is Swedish - German and French-Canadian.
In Sweden as well as in Denmark, is was usual to name a child with the same name as a deceased older brother or sister!