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Title: Cattle Names in the Nordic Countries
Author(s): LEIBRING, Katharina
Volume: 37 Date: 2002
This article present an overview of studies of cattle names in the Nordic countries from the 18th century until the present. The main investigation concerns Norway and Sweden, but shorter comparisons are made with Denmark, Finland and Iceland. In the traditional agricultural-based societies there was an abundance of different cattle names, Many names were created with reference to the name-bearer's outer appearance, whereas others were generally complimentary or told about the name-bearer's lime of birth. In the 20th century, the name stock and the name-giving patterns have changed, due partly to official regulations on naming and partly to changes in livestock farming (e.g. bigger farm units). Now, the use of women's names as cow names is a frequent phenomenon in all countries. In some herds, individual names are even being replaced by numbers.