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Naming Customs | ProGenealogists: "In Schleswig, however, patronymics continued throughout the 18th century just as they did in the rest of Denmark. This meant that if a person's father was named Jep or Peter, then the sons and daughters used the surname Jepsen or Petersen. Areas closest to Denmark the daughters sometimes used the surnames as Jepsdatter and Petersdatter, but most areas of Schleswig they took the same patronymic form as the boys.

Because of problems in identifying heirs and relatives with common patronymic names for probate proceedings, a law was passed in the duchy of Schleswig in Nov 1771 requiring the taking of set-surnames throughout the region. The result was that in some places people took fixed patronymic names or used old nicknames or farm names, or in a few areas took entirely new names. Sometimes a person may have taken a patronymic name other than their own or their father's patronymic name. This law was passed by Struensees in the name of the mentally ill King Christian VII. If Struensees' had not fallen from power a similar law would have probably been passed about this time for the rest of the country (Denmark).

Although this law changed the naming customs in this part of Denmark, the change took time to completely take effect. It took a full generation before the fixed-surnames were well established. The generation born about 1770-1800 may be listed several ways in various records. For example, we find a woman named Ingeburg, wife of Hans Casper Jepsen, listed in several records as follows: . . . . ."


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