Random Fact: Week 29

Second names of Icelanders are names of their parents plus the word ‘son’ for men and ‘daughter’ for women. The second name of a man whose father’s name is Jón would be Jónsson (son of Jón). The second name of Jón’s daughter would not be the same, but Jónsdóttir (daughter of Jón).

Women do not take their husbands’ names, because usually there is no such name to take.

Icelandic telephone directories list Icelanders by first name alphabetically. To reduce the huge amount of ambiguity, directories also list people’s professions.

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