Linne or Linnaeous?

Richard Petit r.e.petit at WORLDNET.ATT.NET
Tue Feb 17 17:23:46 CST 2004

Why Linné if you want to spell his name the way he did?  Most of his taxa date from the 10th edition when he was still Linnaei (= Linnaeus).  I think the term "Linnaean" is in much more frequent usage than "Linnean" which I believe to have been used only by the dictatorial Dr. Smith.

Also, when writing "Linnaeus" one doesn't have to worry about an accent on the "e", a feature not used in English.   

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> For database reasons (when you looking for duplicities) is the best how
> linne write his own name:  "Linné"
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> From: "Paul van Rijckevorsel" <dipteryx at FREELER.NL>
> Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2004 10:31 PM
> Subject: Re: Linne or Linnaeous?
> In case the French is a problem, here the same facts in English:
> The great Linnaeus was born as the son of Linnaeus and had a son called
> Linnaeus (Linnaeus being the family name). He was elevated into the nobility
> and, as such, got a coat-of-arms and the name of Carl von Linné.
> According to the biography by Wilfrid Blunt this elevation happened in 1761
> ( Jacques Melot notes that it was passed by the Swedish parliament in 1762).
> According to Blunt it was antedated 1757 (Jacques Melot notes that Linnaeus
> started calling himself "von Linné" on 20 November 1756).
> Mostly when referring to things "of Linnaeus" the term Linnaean is used, but
> note "The Linnean Society" (
> In names under the ICZN both spellings appear to be used: "linnei" and
> "linnaei", also "linneanus" and "linnaeanus". As far as I understand the
> ICZN the "original spelling" is to be used, i.e. the publishing author sets
> the spelling.
> PvR

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