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Title: Silfverstjerna, Beachman und Mortaigne
Subtitle: Der gesellschaftliche Einfluß auf den Gebrauch von Familiennamen in Schweden
Author(s): BRYLLA, Eva
Volume: 34 Date: 1998-1999
Before Sweden got an official surname regulation in 1901, the possibilities of assuming new surnames in Sweden were practically unlimited. When the regulation came into effect the scutinizing of newly formed surnames started. From the outset linguists showed a great interest and tried to influence naming customs. At the beginning there was a strong reaction against foreign elements. The Personal Names Act of 1963 made it easier to change one's name. While this act was dominated by the idea that name stability would be in the interest, the Act of 1982 is concerned with the individual's freedom to choose his or her own name. In recent years above all three issues are discussed: protection of surnames which sound like names belonging to the nobility; the rule barring new names that are similar to existing ones; and the general suitability requirement expressed in the Act.