Swedes Choosing New Surnames

The latest name trend in Sweden? Giving up your old surname and taking a brand new one.

According to a recent New York Times article, more and more Swedes are changing their surnames. Sometimes, the new surnames they choose are completely made-up. (Reminds me of certain modern baby names…) Examples of invented Swedish surnames include “English-sounding names, like Swedenrose or Flowerland” and “tongue twisters like Shirazimohager and Rowshanravan.”

The trend was ushered in by a 1982 law that, well, made it easy for Swedes to change their surnames. (Older laws regarding surname changes had been much more restrictive.)

Source: A Swede by Any Other Name. In Fact, Many Swedes.


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