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



Quoting "Williams, Tim" <TiJaWi@agron.iastate.edu>:

> 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.

Linnaeus was certainly not the original version of the name, however, as it 
would be quite bizarre in Swedish (and in Old Norse, and in everything in 
between).

The Swedes of the time had an odd penchant for adding things like accents and 
Latinoid -us endings to their names, along with weird (for Swedish) letters 
like z and (soft) c.  Hence names like Celsius, or that of chemist Jöns 
Berzelius.

Nick Pharris
Department of Linguistics
University of Michigan