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The only records I've seen use the parent's first name (primarily the father's, metronymics are very very rare). Nicknames change, first names don't, and the point of a surname is to show who you belong to. Whose family you are from.
 
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On Fri, Nov 7, 2014, at 02:19 PM, Dorcas Whitecap wrote:
I don't know for sure.  I would ask the Viking Answer Lady, and I would post the question to various heraldry email lists.  You can do the first, (http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/ONNames.shtml) and I'll do the second for you, if you'd like.
 
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On Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 1:22 PM, Caitlin Smith <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

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On a related note, can Norse -dottirs use the parent's nickname, or only first name?  (I'm now picturing Ingeborg Beinlessdottir, although that might fall into presumption.)

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