Settlement names ending in abstract nouns – University of Copenhagen

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Settlement names ending in abstract nouns

Many farm, house and villa names are formed from endings containing abstract nouns. That is endings like ‑hvile 'rest,' ‑håb 'hope,' ‑ly 'shelter,' ‑lyst 'delight,' ‑minde 'memory,' and ‑ro 'tranquility.' This type of settlement names arose in Denmark in the 17th and 18th century inspired by a similar name use in other European countries, and names like these where formed well into the 20th century. The most common abstract ending is ‑minde 'memory,' which is often combined with personal names, e.g. Annasminde 'in memory of Anna' and Knudsminde 'in memory of Knud.'