My boyfriend is Icelandic so I can clear this whole thing up! Boys have -son added to their dad’s name as a surname, so my boyfriend ends up as Ævarsson, cause his dad is Ævar. If he was a girl, he’d get -dottir (meaning daughter). And if he has kids, they’d be Hinriksson or Hinriksdottir respectively. The extra “s” will be added with some names for grammatical reasons.
But Icelanders don’t use surnames like other cultures do. You’re generally referred to by your first name and maybe middle name if there’s two people with the first name in the room. Even teachers and politicians are first name only. Some people adopt family names like former Reykjavík mayor Jón Gnarr or the author Halldór Laxness, but this is rare. There are legal rules regarding naming convention in Iceland and unless you’re from a Danish family and have kept a family name for generations, or you can argue your case against the Naming Commitee, you’re gonna be a -son or a -dottir. This is why when Iceland was doing well in the Euro 2016 soccer, you had foreign commentators saying “Gunnarsson has the ball” and the Icelandic ones saying “Aron has the ball”. This is also how you end up with a fuckton of dudes called Jón Jónsson.
This isn’t an entirely unique concept, old Gaelic naming conventions are similar. Incidentally, this is why names like Pritchard and Price are common in Wales; the old naming conventions in Welsh involved “ap Richard”, meaning “son of Richard”, which was later shortened to Prichard.
Icelanders generally don’t have an issue with Patronymic naming conventions anyway, they have one of the best records for gender equality and surnames are only used for bureaucracy shit anyway. And Icelanders are very proud of the fact they retain so much of original Norse culture.
Also from an anon
Hi, I’m an actual Icelandic person and I’m gonna explain the Icelandic naming system. The tradition is that the father takes the priority hence why people’s “surnames” are always their fathers’ names + “son” or “dóttir” depending on their gender. In some cases their mother’s name will be used but that happens very rarely. Some people also have family’s surnames, (like Magnús Örn Eyjólfsson Scheving who’s usually referred to as Magnús Scheving) but that’s also very rare
Both of these are very informative, so thank you both!
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re the Icelandic naming thing, theres an icelandic girl in my boarding house who's surname is Gudmundsson, so Son of Gudmund. I think - and if i'm wrong please correct me - that they give kids two surnames or something - but the father's takes priority? so when she goes to iceland, she uses her dad's name and when she's in england she uses her mother's name (her mum is english). Tbh, its hilarious when you see SJWs cry that white ppl have no culture and then say icelandic culture is sexism
I’m not Icelandic so I can’t really correct you, but I can say that SJWs (at least some of them) honest to God think white people culture IS racism/sexism, like that’s the only thing “white people” have ever introduced to the world.
White people be like “I’m 53% French, 21% Irish, 4% Italian, 20% Swedish, and 2% milk” and expect us to appreciate their cultural background but then don’t even make an effort to distinguish between different types of Asian cultures and are like “lol all Asians r basically the same xD”