Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Fact of the Day: Adam Robertson

In Iceland, there are usually no traditional family names like the American equivalents such as "Smith" or "Miller". Instead a person's last name is usually determined by a person's father and sometimes the mother. For example famous Icelandic singer Björk is the daughter of a man named Guðmundur, so her last name is Guðmundsdóttir meaning "Guðmundur's daughter". If the same rule applied to English, my name would be Adam Robertson as my father's name was Robert. 

25 comments:

Linda said...

Wow, Adam, I never knew that. Fascinating!

Cloudia said...

cool



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Maude Lynn said...

I didn't know that!

DWei said...

And now you run a very hard chance of dating a cousin or a sister.

Bob Bushell said...

That is an interesting.

Kati said...

Thanks for your sweet comment!
I didn't know that!

Have a wonderful week,
-Kati

♥vendy♥ said...

happy day adam
xoxo

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Pilar Domínguez said...

My name follows this rule . I am Pilar Dominguez( Domingo´s daughter) and Rodríguez ( Rodrigo´s daughter) very typical Spanish names. Kisses, Adam:)

Unknown said...

Interesting how they do that

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Never knew that

Christine said...

Interesting!

Just Keepin It Real, Folks! said...

Imagine learning to spell those last names in kindergarten.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I would be Keith Jerry-ston. Doesn't have a very nice ring lol.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Very interesting! Every place has its own unique traditions.

Dana said...

That's a really cool fact. Thanks, Adam. Happy Tuesday!

DEZMOND said...

I would be Dezzy Ivanovich then :)

Adam said...

makes me glad my fiancee is not only a different race than me, but with parents born outside the US. My father was known for many things as a young (and old) man, I wouldn't be surprised if I have some half-sibling out there somewhere.

Rocio said...

Interesting...

Unknown said...

Interesante información!!
Saludos
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Theresa Mahoney said...

That's cool, though those are some hard names to pronounce!

Elisabeth said...

Actually in Swedish, the word for son is the same as in English=son, so if you're the son of Christian, your last name could have been Christiansson :) The Nordic countries are the best!
Thank you for your comment on my blog! For what are you saving money, if I may ask? Any big plans coming up?

xxx
E from Helsinki
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Caro * said...

Very interressant Adam ! :)

MEcoy said...

thats weird yet cool

DeniseinVA said...

I really enjoyed this, very interesting, thanks Adam.

Joy said...

I think in Norway was like that before, but now it is changed.