Dalarna Roots
Descendants of Ljuder Erik & Frost Marit Matsson and
Ljuder Erik & Fins Karin Matsson


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The purpose of the material in this section of the Web site (this page and the pages provided by the directory links included above) is to provide you with information about the families of Ljuder Erik & Frost Marit Matsson and Ljuder Erik & Fins Karin Matsson. They were selected for the focus here because they are the parents and grandparents of a group of individuals that immigrated to the United States and other parts of the world.

Why is there the word Ljuder in front of many of the names of our ancestors, e.g. Ljuder Erik Matsson? Ljuder is the name of a farm, in Swedish it is a gårdsnamn. Many of our ancestors were born on or lived on the Håll farm.

For example, let's take the names of Ljuder Erik & Frost Marit Matsson. Ljuder Erik Matsson married Frost Marit. This would be translated as: Erik Matsson from the Ljuder farm married Marit from the Frost farm.

The following article describes the origin and use of the farm names.

The "Farm Names of Dalarna" By Elisabeth Thorsell

In the province of Dalarna (Dalecarlian) people used and still use gårdsnamn, which means farm names. These names are always put first in a person's name. They show that this person belonged to the "Der" farm or the "Blom" farm, and they were always put before the person's Christian name, and they were talked about as Der Eric or Blom Anna. If Blom Anna married Der Eric and moved to the Der farm, she was usually known as Der Anna after the marriage. But if Der Eric moved to her home, he was probably known as Blom Eric after the marriage. The reason for this is not clear, but probably has to do with the fact that very few first names were used, when a baby's name was to be chosen. In the old days people almost always used a name, that already was used by an older relative, and that gave the parents less than 20 names for boys and 20 names for girls to chose from. As a result you could have several Anders Ersson or Anna Andersdotter in a village. The villages, especially around lake Siljan, can be very big with some 50 different farms in the same village. So to help to sort out which Anders Ersson or Margareta Olsdotter you were talking about, a farm name was added to this person, like Orr Anders Ersson or Stolts Margareta Olsdotter. Then you knew that you were talking about Anders from Orrgården or Margareta from Stoltsgården in that village.

We suggest that you start by looking for the name of a relative in the directory pages. Links to the genealogy directory pages are included at the top of this page.

This page was last revised 5-Sep-2005

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