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Skånes ortnamn. Serie A. Bebyggelsenamn. Del 5. Färs härad
Institute for Language and Folklore, Avdelningen för arkiv och forskning i Göteborg.
2023 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This work presents an onomastic investigation of the settlement names in the district (härad) of Färs in Sweden’s southernmost historical province of Scania (Skåne). Historical and contemporary records of the names are given, as are cadastral data from historical sources. Each name is etymologised and interpreted toponomastically, taking linguistic and factual (topographic, cadastral, agrarian, historical and archaeological) information into account. A large number of names of villages, hamlets, manors and solitary farmsteads from the Middle Ages and the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries are accounted for. The oldest types of settlement names, such as those ending in -by or -stad, are essentially concentrated to the central and north-western areas of the district. Name types prevalent in the Viking Age, the Middle Ages and early modern period, for example those ending in -hult or -röd, first appear in the uplands of the northeast, along the district’s eastern border and in the far south. These name types are indicative of forest clearing and reclamation, which is consistent with these areas having been forested until relatively recently or continuing into present day. Younger names include thos eof crofts and farmsteads that moved out from the villages and hamlets following the partition reforms of the early 19th century, which are addressed in sub-articles. Many of these names have been formed using a small set of second elements that were popular in the 19th and 20th centuries, such as -berg, -dal and -lund, often including the owner’s or the owner’s wife’s name as the first element. The interpretation of settlement and district names often involves the investigation of names of fields, forests, hills, lakes, rivers, streams and other uninhabited locations. It is suggested that the district name Färs is derived from a reconstructed name Proto-Norse *FariaR m. of lake Vombsjön in the western parts of the district, in turn derived from a reconstructed name Proto-Norse *Faro f. 'the navigable one' or possibly 'the running one' of the river Björkaån, which runs through the northern and central parts of the district, flowing into lake Vombsjön, and possibly of its continuation Kävlingeån downstream from the lake.

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Uppsala: Institutet för språk och folkminnen, 2023, 1. , p. 389
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Skånes ortnamn. Serie A, Bebyggelsenamn ; 5
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place names, toponyms, settlement names, onomastics, toponomastics, historical linguistics, Scanian, Danish, Swedish, Scania, Skåne
Keywords [sv]
ortnamn, bebyggelsenamn, ortnamnsforskning, språkhistoria, skånska, danska, svenska, Skåne
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sprakochfolkminnen:diva-2666ISBN: 978-91-86959-95-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sprakochfolkminnen-2666DiVA, id: diva2:1819276
Available from: 2024-01-19 Created: 2023-12-13 Last updated: 2024-02-02Bibliographically approved

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