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The Hande farms and Norwegian naming traditions

 

The Hande surname

Hande is the name of a cluster of farms, once a single large estate, in Vestre Slidre parish (Valdres region), Oppland 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)

and

  • Øvre Hande (49/1)

 

Some of these can be seen in the picture below.

 

 

Naming tradition

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.

 

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