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From: "Dathan Romstad" <>
Subject: RE: meaning of farm names
Date: Thu, 20 May 2004 11:06:56 -0700
My last name is Romstad. It is a farm in Hoylandet. I think the name must
have had some kind of Danish - German history before 600 years of Norwegian
history, because 'Stadt' means
city or town in German, and means absolutely nothing in Norwegian...., as
far as I know. I have no idea what 'Rom' means...., or DID mean in Norwegian
or German over 600 years ago. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
>Subject: meaning of farm names
>Date: Thu, 20 May 2004 10:46:35 EDT
>< Do a lot of farm names have a meaning?>
>Here's my two cents worth:
>Someone told me not to try to translate the names of the areas or farms
>they would probably lose their meanings. In most cases I have not, but I
>have to note (perhaps more than coincidence) the following with one family.
>He settled his farm and lived in Vrdalen (Spring Valley) in Norway. The
>descendants who came to America settled in the Spring Valley, Wisconsin
>have to feel this area was chosen for a reason. In one case friends and
>neighbors traveled on the same ship to the same destination. They
>found the name meaningful.
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