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Re: Thomas FitzRichard TRANT
Posted by: Carsten Trant Date: May 21, 1998 at 04:08:23
In Reply to: Thomas FitzRichard TRANT by Warren Wilkinson of 221

In Denmark there is only one branch of TRANT's today (9 persons all in all in 3 families: mine, my brothers and my fathers brother (to the best of my knowledege)).
I have not done any local research. My fathers father was Ove Trant, from Rudkøbing, Langeland, Denmark (the only ancestor named Trant I know of). Probably born between 1885 and 1895.
TRANT is an old danish word mentioned in the old "Great Danish Dictionaty". The word means 'hill' or 'hill side' but has also a Dutch swing to it where it might mean 'jog-trot'.
At least two existing villages near Aalborg, Denmark, situated on hill sides, has names originating from this meaning: 'Nørre Tranders' (Means: 'The hill situated to the north' (of here)) and 'Sønder Tranders' (Southern hill). Viking settlements have been located close to both villages.

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