Monday, 26 September 2016

How Estonians got their family names (Vikerraadio) Keelesaade. Perekonnanimed 1

The use of surnames were introduced in Estonia nearly 200 years ago. After the abolition of serfdom in 1816 and 1819 Estonian were given surnames by parish administrators often relating to fauna, flora or the landscape.

Fred Puss from the Estonian Biographical Society in Tartu recently gave a radio interview detailing the history of surnames in Estonia.

To listen (in Estonian) please click here: Keelesaade. Perekonnanimed 1