Recent viewing of the winter Olympics made me wonder about Norwegian names. Why do so many Norwegians have two first names which they use in full – eg Emil Hegle Svendsen, Ole Einar Bjørndalen and Johannes Thingnes Boe (but not his older brother Tarjei Boe)? And the women also – eg Ingvild Flugstad Østberg and Maiken Caspersen Falla? Also, do their families and friends shorten these names, as is the fashion in Britain?
Gillian Anne Reader
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