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Swedish Culture

Swedes Opt for New Names

Published tisdag 3 februari 2009 kl 11.09

More Swedes are changing their name than ever before. In the last few years the number of people who wish to change or replace their family names altogether has increased steadily, according to Swedish radio News.

Many of the changes occur in conjunction with marriage. Instead of one taking the name of the other, it is becoming more and more usual that the couple choose a new name altogether.

The more typical Swedish family names like Persson, Johansson or Svensson are increasingly swapped to more individual names straight out of the imagination. The Swedish Patent and Registration Office has a service where people can build their own name from words they like. Combinations like Draköga (Dragoneye) and Frostmåne (Frostymoon) may become the norm in Swedish society in the future.

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