Scandinavian Genealogy: Chart of Patronymic Surname Suffixes in Norway, Sweden and Denmark

By Diane Haddad

Patronymic surnames (formed by adding a prefix or suffix to the first name of a child’s father) exist in many countries, but the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden and Denmark are perhaps best known for their patronymic naming systems.

On the plus side, patronyms give you clues to a father’s name, but a surname that changes with every generation can make it hard to trace a family over time. The “rules” for creating a patronym also changed with the time, place and family.