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Re: Swedish surnames: NORDHAL - SKOGLUND - BRANTING
Nordhal is from "North Dale" or "North Valley" ...
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This must indeed be the meaning. But I wonder, is there a single Swede with this surname? I think that almost every mention on the internet is a mistake for NORDAHL (there are several hundred, I know) and at least in Sweden NORDHAL is unknown. I can find 273 sites with NORDAHL in the title, and only one with Nordhal (titles are checked a lot more carefully for mistakes of course). The first words on the one Nordhal site: 'Peter Nordahl' :D
What do you think?
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I was wrong but this surname it existed in Sweden at least up to 1950.
Gunnar NORDHAL was a popular football player. One of the most popular european football player.
Some Nordhal went to America (see Ellis Island site).
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I think his name is Gunnar Nordahl. This spelling is about 10 times more common than 'Gunnar Nordhal' on the net. The Swedish footballmuseum also has 'Gunnar Nordahl'. See
I won't argue about Ellis Island, because I was only talking about Swedes in Sweden ;)
By the way I suspect the same goes for Grøndhal and Rommedhal: Nobody in Sweden has these names, and nearly every reference to them on the web is a mistake.
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In sweden there is alot of variations of names like Nordahl.
I'm not totaly shore, but I (who is a swede) have never heard that Grøndhal should be a swedish name. It's spelling looks more like it would be norweigen or danish.
Rommedhal could be a swedish, but I have never heard it either.
But it could come from the valley (dahl) around the swedish skiresort and village of Romme.

And for the name Skoglund, it probobly derives from the swedish words Skog and Lund.
Skog means forest and Lund means grove. So It was given as a name to someone who lived in or nearby a forestgrove (Is it called that in english?).

Branting I don't know what it means. And It's hard to even gues.
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