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The surname of NYGREN is a Swedish, German, Norwegian and English surname which was derived from the Old English word 'neowe', meaning the newcomer to the town or village. The name was derived from the Anglo-Saxon word 'niwe' and was very familiar to medieval records and documents. The name has numerous variant spellings which include NORGREN, NEWLAND, NEU, NEY, NEYE, NEYGE, NIGE, NYHLEN, NEWSON, NYBERG (new hill), NYQVIST (new twig) NYSTEDT (new homestead) and NYSTROM (new river). In the 17th century, so-called 'soldiers' names are found as the earliest kind of hereditary surnames in Sweden. These names were derived from vocabulary words, usually martial-sounding monosyllables such as Rapp (prompt) Rask (bold), or occasionally names of animals and birds. The names were bestowed on soldiers for administrative purposes, and no doubt in some cases derived from pre-existing nicknames. The Swedes have in recent times combined two words together to manufacture family names to take the place of their common patronymics, terminating in BERG (mountain), STROM (stream), ALM (elm), BLAD (leaf), HED (meadow), LUND (grove), SKOG (forest) and WAHL (field), to name but a few. These words are not just any words, but are usually nature words combined for easy pronunciation. This custom has been actively encouraged by the Swedish government and there are some 56,000 combinations of the variants. Most Swedes did not adopt hereditary surnames until late, and the patronymic system was still in use in rural areas until late in the 19th century. In the absence of evidence to the contrary it is thought that people may have adopted their surname from the area in which they lived. A minor notable of the name was Carl August NORGREN, born on the 21st November, 1890. He was a Business Executive, and his appointments included; Chairman of the Board of Directors of C.A. NORGREN Co. manufacturers of pneumatic products from 1926 until 1943; Past President of the Denver Museum of Natural History and Director of the First National Bank of Englewood, the Public Service Co. of Colorado, the Denver Symphony Society, and the Denver Presbyterian Hospital.

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last updated on: November 23rd, 2019

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