Linne or Linnaeous?

Steven R. Hill srhill at INHS.UIUC.EDU
Fri Feb 13 10:48:21 CST 2004

Just for fun,  While in Maine, USA,  I made a point of collecting
representative species (especially Linnaean species) in the town of LINNEUS
in Aroostook County.  I'm rather sure it wasn't named after C.v.L. but,
instead, it may have been after a Swede of the same family name.  I made
sure I took a picture of the town hall (or fire station ?) with the name !

--Steve Hill

At 07:31 AM 2/12/2004 -0600, you wrote:
>At 04:41 AM 2/12/04, you wrote:
>>I don't know if there was a discussion on the name of Linne or Linnaeous
>>before, but if you know the answer, please let me know. We see lots of
>>cases of using both Linne and Linnaeous for authors in biological
>>nomenclature. Someone told me Linne was trasformed into Linnaeous later,
>>but another said Linnaeus came first and Linne was used later. Does anyone
>>know which is correct, or which spelling should be used (or if either one
>>is fine)? Is there any ruling by ICZN on which spelling should be used for
>>in case of Linne (or Linnaeous)?
>His father was named Linnaeus.  He created the name when he went to
>university and was told he needed a surname.  It was based on a big linden
>tree ("lin," Tilia europaea) at the family farm, "Linnegaard."  An uncle
>created a similar surname for himself, Tiliander.
>His son at birth was named Carl Linnaeus.  When he was ennobled by the
>Swedish monarchy in 1770 (Order of the Polar Star), he took the name "Carl
>von Linne."   I think this was more a title that a name.
>His books were in Latin, so his first name was Latinized on the title page
>to "Carolus."   A lot of people seem to think the "Linnaeus" was a
>title-page Latinization of "Linne" but it was not.  "Linnaeus" was how his
>father spelled the name.

Dr. Steven R. Hill (Plant Systematics)
Center for Wildlife and Plant Ecology (WPE)
Illinois Natural History Survey
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Champaign, Illinois 61820, U.S.A.

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