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Etymology of the Name Sederburg

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Etymology of the Name Sederburg

“Sederburg” is most likely an altered spelling of the Swedish name “Söderberg.”  According to Swedish tradition in the 18th and 19th century, the surname was established by the identity of the father. (Patronymic system)  Thus, Jan’s son Erik became known as Erik Jansson.  Jan’s daughter Maria became known as Maria Jansdötter.

In those days, the home estate or farm was as, or more, important than surname.  Early emigration and church records list detailed information about parents, birth date, home church parish, and home farm or estate.  Thus, it is not unreasonable to assume that “Söderberg” was a combination of “söd,” Swedish for  “south” and “berg” referring to town. Continue reading Etymology of the Name Sederburg