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Guest Glenn Olander-Quamme

[#13351] Meaning of farm name Songleitet

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Guest Glenn Olander-Quamme

My father's family is associated with the Tveiten farm, Alversund, Hordaland. One of the bruker of the Tveiten farm is named Songleitet. I am trying to determine the meaning of that name. My mother told me it means 'place of singing,' because Songleitet is where mourners would begin singing as they brought a body to the adjacent Alversund church cemetery.

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Guest Yngve Nedrebø

'Song' could be a word meaning the song or singing. 'Leite' indicates a place from where one had a clear view, in Western Norway there are hundreds of places called 'Leite'. 'Kyrkjeleite' means the place from where one could see the church, and 'Songleite' could indeed mean the place where the mourners started singing!

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Guest Glenn Olander-Quamme

Thanks! The 'view' meaning makes sense, as the Songleitet house overlooks the nearby church and cemetery.

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