About family namnes

Officially Swedes say that family names seldom were used by common people in Scandinavia. Family names should have been introduced in the late nighteenth century, when new laws made this compulsory. Before that, most people should have used only patronymics, which means that they got their fathers first name with an ending (-son or -daughter) as surname.

Patronymics seldom changed when a person is married. When the new laws where introduced, many people took their patronymics as family names, hence all the Svensson´s and Andersson´s et cetera. Others took their "soldier name".

The "soldiers names" are considered special for Sweden. If patronymics have been common among the population, this would create a problem for the military. All the Andersson´s and Svensson´s had to be distinguished. Therefore it is said that soldiers where given surnames, either after a quality, some characteristics or after the place where they lived. In that case this could be the genesis of the family name Hagblom.

But, in Æsir culture family names were common. One example is the Ing dynasty, who where called Ynglingar. They would have been decended from Æsir gods, such as Njord and Frej et al. By the way, Scandinavia could have been named after Njord´s second wife, Skade. If Ynglingarna existed, they would have ruled the central parts of today's Sweden between the year 0 and 300.
Another example is Ingjald Illråde, who ruled the central of today´s Sweden between the year of 640 and 655. His daughter where called Åsa Illråda - yet another family name. Åsa´s grandson was called Harald Hårfagre, who united Norway in the year of 872. Harald deprived the farmers the possession of their estates. Many farmers therefore flew either to Iceland or Jamtland.

One who already had flewn Eystein Illråde´s regim in the 760:ies was Kettil Jamt. Jamtland could be named after Kettil. Further more - in Jamtland´s greatest lake, Storsjön, several islands are named after Ynglingarna (Njord and Frej).

Soldier names was not being considered as family names i the south of todays Sweden. Normally the soldier's children never use them. Retired soldiers should not use the name either, thus avoiding confusion in a village of having both a soldier and an ex-soldier with the same name. But, Olof (who moved to Härnösand) used Hagblom, as well as his son Per and all of their decendants.

Haga is the place where Olof was borne, but "Hag" in Hagblom belongs also to a play with words. "Hage" corresponds to the English word fence and "blom" to bloom or flower. The name Hagblom could therfor genesis from the old proverb - först då gamm-haga blomma (not before the old fence-pole blooms). Olof would thereby have been so stubborn that it was impossible to make him give in, at least not until the fence was to be blooming.