Viking Nicknames

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Click here for audio Ever wonder why Vikings had so many nicknames?  The Vikings had to use nicknames because their society was patronymic--they derived their surnames from their fathers. So, if a man named Olaf had a father named Erik, Olaf would be Olaf Eriksson (Olaf Erik's son), or if his father's name was Bjorn, he'd be Olaf Bjornsson. If…

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