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Origin of Surname

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Origin of Surname

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 9:26AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Bradt Bratt
"Bradt-Bratt”" is an everyday word in Norwegian. It means “steep, as in mountains and fiord walls” When England took over New Netherlands and it became New York, that all began to change. In those days it was common for Norwegians to use the name of their ancestral farm as their family name. Another possibility is the Bratt family of Norway. This family name originates in the middle ages, but no one has ever discovered any documents that tie the two families together. "Bradt" became more common because the Dutch customarily insert a silent "d." The Bratt family lived in Bergen, Norway, before the early part of the fifteenth century, when they moved to the northern district of Gudbrandsdalen, Norway They had a coat of arms until about the middle of the sixteenth century. Since that time the Bratts belong to the Norwegian land gentry The Bratt family owned a number of large farms in Gudbrandscalen, Hedemarken, Toten, and Land

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