[ANSTHRLD] Norse matronymics

Tim McDaniel tmcd at jump.net
Sat Mar 9 18:43:22 PST 2002

On Sat, 9 Mar 2002, C. L. Ward <gunnora at vikinganswerlady.org> wrote:
> Matronymics were not extremely common, but there are plenty out
> there to choose from.

Is there any information on why these men in particular used
matronymics in Norse culture?  The three explanations I can think of
- no known father
- the mother was of note, perhaps of much higher status or importance
  than the father (e.g., I think Svein Estridhson inherited the throne
  via his mother or something)
- just because they liked to

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