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from Kierkegaard: A Biography by Joakim Garff

“Kirkkegaard, Kirkegaard, Kiersgard, Kjerkegaard, Kirckegaard, Kerkegaard, Kierckegaard, Kierkegaard.

The parish registers provide plenty of testimony that the name is a tricky and volatile one. It has something to do with a churchyard [Danish: kirkegaard, “churchyard” usually in the sense of “cemetary”], but not in the usual sense. The name in fact stems from a couple of farms located next to the church in the village of Saeding in the middle of the Jutland heath, about a dozen miles southeast of Ringkobing.” (p. 3)

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