Descendants of Knut Hande (born
data file is based on more than 40 years of research. There are, nevertheless,
many blanks and very possibly errors as well. Please feel free to contact me with any updates
You are also welcome to make use of this
information and incorporate it into your records. However, please do me the
courtesy of acknowledging this web site as your source.
Data appearing in this web site is only partial. In order to limit the extent
of the data, for example, emphasis has been placed on people whose surname is
Hande, or who have a parent or grandparent who once bore that surname. Also, in order to protect privacy, details for
living persons are not provided.
The Hande surname
Hande is the name of
a cluster of farms, once a single large estate, in Vestre Slidre parish (Valdres
County, in south-central Norway.
Located on the east
side of Slidre Fjord, there are currently seven distinct properties in that
cluster (property numbers in parentheses):
- Midtre Hande (48/1)
- Nedre Hande (48/2, 12, 14 & 15)
- Sørre Hande (48/3)
- Handemyre (48/6)
- Nørre Hande (48/10 & 13)
- Handestølen (48/17 & 100)
of these can be seen in the picture below.
The custom in rural Norway, up to
about 1900, was for families to take as their surname the name of the farm where
they lived. Thus, a family group could
change its name several times over the years as they moved from one farm to
another. This would be particularly
common among “husfolk” (tenant farmers). People were known by one or two given names,
then the patronymic (taken from the name of the father) was included, and
finally the farm name was added. As examples, “Halvor Johannesson Hande” or “Inge Marie Nilsdatter Hande.”
In this database, the surname of the
individual at birth is normally considered that person’s primary name,
although it may have changed in subsequent years. If a search by surname does not find your
ancestor, try searching by the first name(s) instead.
For further information, please do contact me.
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