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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Galician : Castilianized form of Galician Valín, a habitational name from any of the places so named in Galicia, from a derivative of val ‘valley’.
  • French : topographic name for someone who lived in a small valley, from a diminutive of Old French val ‘valley’, or a habitational name from a minor place so named in Isère.
  • Swedish : habitational name for someone from a place name formed with val (from Latin vallis ‘valley’, representing Swedish dal) or vall ‘grassy bank’, ‘pasture’, + the surname suffix -in, from Latin -inius.

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