See European names for a list of the most usual sources of Scandinavian given names. Norse names (see Germanic names) are frequently used, though the way they are spelled is often considerably different in the modern Scandinavian languages than in Old Norse. Sweden, Norway and Denmark, like several other countries, have laws dictating what names can be given to children.
For the most part, family names are used in all of the Scandinavian countries except Iceland, which uses patronyms derived from the father's given name and the suffixes -son meaning "son" and -dóttir meaning "daughter". For example, a man man named Jón Magnússon might have a daughter named Vigdís Jónsdóttir and a son Einar Jónsson.
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