Aase
According to my mother who immigrated from Norway in the 1960s, her name Lill Aase, Aase means goddess.
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The Norwegian word for 'goddess' is gudinne. Aase, or more commonly Åse, means 'ridge' as you can see at tinyurl.com/a9sxywn and it's found in many Scandinavian placenames.
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No doubt that the name is locative, as explained by Marc, but there may have been an Old Norse word that led your mother to belive otherwise. As, meaning 'divine' occurs in some given names bequeathed to Britain by Nordic settlers. Asketil or Askel, meaning 'divine cauldron', gives us the English surname Ashkettle, and the Scots surname MacAskill.
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Actually, this is very interesting! Is Aase (or Åse, same thing) your grandmother´s surname or a given name (first name or middle name)?If it is a surname, it is locative, meaning ridge or hillside. If it is a first name, it means goddess - from old Nordic. The word gudinne also means goddess, but is a more modern word in the Norwegian language.These are different names and have different origins, but they are pronounces and spelled the same way.http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%C3%85se

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