Linne or Linnaeous?

Sean Edwards mzfses at MAIL1.MCC.AC.UK
Thu Feb 12 12:07:03 CST 2004

William T. Stern says (Botanical Latin, 4th edn, 1992, pp. 283-4):

"The name Linnaeus, contrary to frequent supposition, is not a
Latinized version of Linne, but Linne is a shortened version of
Linnaeus .. [much about the coining of the name Linnaeus by his
grandfather, after the family Lime or Linden tree (Tilia)] .. The name
Linnaeus was thus of Latin form from the start, like many other
Swedish family names ending in -us."

Notice also the spelling of the Linnean Society!


Sean R. Edwards BSc PhD,
Keeper of Botany,
The Manchester Museum, Manchester University, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
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