Wedebrand a soldiers name or a family name?
First of all, one cannot take for granted that Wedebrand was a soldier´s name,
even though some
3. A German geneaologist, friend of Anitha Bergqvist (granddaughter
of Karl-Oskar Wedebrand),
facts might implicate this at first. There is more
than meets the eye here.
Various results of research
and other thoughts taken into account are
1. Approximately five years ago, while researching at the Research Centre in
Ramsele, Sweden, the
experts working there and contacted due to this matter
came up with another result. According to
the facts they
were in possession of, Wedebrand was a family name rather than that of a
2. Some twenty years ago, Margareta Fouganthine, daughter
of Victor Wedebrand, came across an
of information while
visiting Hamburg, Germany: from a big sign, neon lights
flashed out the name
WEDEBRAND. The place belonged to a timber trader. Was the
relative from Sweden? For some reason, she never got the chance to ask....
claims the name Wedebrand is definitely of German
origin, used in the area near the French-German border.
4. It is said by elderly Wedebrand relatives, that once two men by
the names of Mouchard and
Wedebrand came to Sweden
together, both being the employed bodyguards of an important person.
5. During the 17th century, most people in Sweden lived their lives without
family names. The children
got the patronymicon after their Christian name, eg
Sven Andersson where this boy was christened
Sven and then also named Andersson,
the son of Anders. The same idea goes for girls but with the
exception that they
were named "daughter of X", eg Kirstin Karlsdotter, thus Kirstin, daughter of
Similar rules seem to have been in use
throughout Europe in those days, perhaps slightly altered by
using the genitive form.
With the above facts presented, we are now facing an interesting question.
To separate one soldier from another, all men
without surnames got either a short war or weapon
influenced name or were
named after the place where they lived, while being on the service.
Wedebrand is/was such a name, then why got Pär Larsson the name Wedebrand,
when he was
soldier no 24 at Torfsäter?
Please compare the tables below!
|Sven Jönsson Wedebrand
||1684 - ?
||1707 - 1739
|Sven Larsson Wedebrand
||1718 - 1790
||1740 - 1775
|Pär Larsson Wedebrand
||1698 - 1742
||? - 1721
||1721 - 1742
|Lars Persson Wedebrand
||1725 - 1759
||1748 - 1759
| Lars Wedebrand
||1766 - ?
The deduction that we make so far is that Wedebrand is a family name rather than a soldier´s name. Possibly, there are also roots to be traced somewhere in Germany.
However, we must ad that there is no given certainty in the matter, but with persistance we will hopefully one day find the truth!
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