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  The first settlers in ReykjavÝk.
by Regina1965
 
 

From the beginning of settlement here in Iceland only ca 800.000 Icelanders have been born. All of their names and relationship by blood has been gathered in a data-file which every Icelander has access to. The church books are the biggest source of information.

We Icelanders are crazy about genealogy and I remember how the older generation knew everything about how everybody was related. Now the younger generations only have to add their name and the name of another Icelander in this data-file and in a matter of seconds you get a list of how you are related.

We always say that every Icelander is related at least in the sixth generation, that is we have the same great-great-great-great grandparents. That is not the case, but comes pretty close.

Let's not forget about all the French and Spanish fishermen who were fishing here by the shore of Iceland. Many of their ships sank here by the shore and a lot of them were rescued by the natives here. It was a common practice to put them in bed with young women to get some heat back into their cold bodies - resulting in a lot of Icelanders having black hair ;)

Here is how I am related to the first settler in Iceland, Ingˇlfur Arnarson and the first settler woman in Iceland, Hallveig Frˇ­adˇttir. Ingˇlfur Arnarson is the father of ReykjavÝk so to speak as he settled here in this then unspoilt place. This list I got from The Icelandic book.

Ingˇlfur Arnarson (844) Hallveig Frˇ­adˇttir (850)

Ůorsteinn Ingˇlfsson 890
١rhildur Ůorsteinsdˇttir 920
Ůorkell ١rhildarson 945
Ketill Ůorkelsson 965
Haukur Ketilsson 1020
Yngveldur Hauksdˇttir 1060
Snorri H˙nbogason 1100 - 1170
Narfi Snorrason 1135 - 1202
Snorri Narfason 1175 - 1260
Narfi Snorrason 1210 - 1284
Snorri Narfason 1260 - 1332
Ormur Snorrason 1320 - 1401
Guttormur Ormsson 1345 - 1381
Loftur "rÝki" Guttormsson 1375 - 1432
Ël÷f Loftsdˇttir 1410 - 1479
Ůorleifur Bj÷rnsson 1430 - 1486
Bj÷rn Ůorleifsson 1480 - 1548
Jˇn Bj÷rnsson 1520 - 1600
┴rni Jˇnsson 1560 - 1655
Sveinbj÷rn ┴rnason 1610 - 1681
GÝsli Sveinbj÷rnsson 1650 - 1703
Sveinbj÷rn GÝslason 1694 - 1762
Einar "yngri" Sveinbjarnarson 1727 - 1814
Ragnhei­ur Einarsdˇttir 1789 - 1855
SoffÝa Vernhar­sdˇttir 1829 - 1869
Ragnhei­ur Helgadˇttir 1855 - 1946
١rdÝs ┴sgeirsdˇttir 1889 - 1965
My grandmother 1920 - 1995
My father 1942 - 2008
RegÝna 1965

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