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Linnaeus --> von Linne (was RE: Albisaurus)



Jaime Headden wrote:

>  Sorta like how Carl von Linné, a Swede, got transformed into Carolus
> Linnaeus to suit the (at the time) convention of formal Latin
> _everything_ in science. 


Not so.  Actually, Linnaeus came before von Linné.  Thie eldest son of
Lutheran pastor Nils Linnaeus was born in 1707 under the name Carl Linnaeus.
As he rose to fame in Sweden (and beyond), Linnaeus was admitted to the
ranks of the aristocracy and took the name Carl von Linné.

The notion that the name Carl von Linné was "Latinized" to Carolus Linnaeus
in his lifetime has gained wide currency; but it is absolutely incorrect.

The University of California, Berkeley, has a succinct biography of
Linnaeus: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/history/linnaeus.html.  (I've come
across differing dates for when Linnaeus was ennobled; the Berkeley site
says it was 1761.)




Tim