Why the strange letters? Well, the only things seperating the norwegian alphabet from the english, are three letters we strive to like:) They are (in the order as follows): Ææ, Øø and Åå (and when you see too a's put together they're pronounced å). They're pronounced (using words and sounds from english) like this (sound underscored!); Æ = [hand], Ø = [service], Å = [row].
- an old norwegian name made of two words. siger and bjørn, which in english means victory and bear, ergo the bear who's victorius. I really like it:) Then again, my friend's shortened the name to Sigge.
- first I was given the explanation that this name was a verb. Smelror, made by the adjective smell and ror, which means (translated and -formed) fast and the verb row, ergo fast rowing. Then I got to know that there's a place in Northern Norway called Smelror, and my father who finds his surename interesting, may have found out that the origin is german, coming from Schmelror. This has yet to be seen.
- where Åm is another name of the tree osp, and dal means valley, then you've got the osp/åm valley.