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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Norwegian : habitational name from any of twenty or more farmsteads so named, from Old Norse as skeið ‘horse race’, ‘race’, ‘run’.
  • Dutch : nickname for someone of sturdy build or a clumsy person, from Middle Dutch scheye ‘wedge’,‘piece of split wood’.
  • Dutch : from Middle Dutch scheiden, scheien ‘to divide or split’, presumably a topographic name for someone who lived by a fork in a road, river, or the like.

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