Magdalena Dorthea Hals

20 March 1777–11 June 1819 (Age 42)
Gran, Oppland, Norway

The Life of Magdalena Dorthea

When Magdalena Dorthea Hals was born on 20 March 1777, in Gran, Oppland, Norway, her father, Niels Hals, was 25 and her mother, Sophie Strangel Gregersdatter or Gresen, was 18. She married Michal Christian Hansson Nimb on 22 December 1806, in Land, Oppland, Norway. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. She died on 11 June 1819, in Land, Oppland, Norway, at the age of 42, and was buried in Land, Oppland, Norway.

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Family Time Line

Michal Christian Hansson Nimb
Magdalena Dorthea Hals
Marriage: 22 December 1806
Sophie Marie Nimb
Sophie Marie Nimb
Hans Christian Nimb
Nicoline Frederike Nimb
Christiana Nimb

Spouse and Children

22 December 1806
Land, Oppland, Norway


    Sophie Marie Nimb


    Sophie Marie Nimb


    Hans Christian Nimb


    Nicoline Frederike Nimb



Parents and Siblings



World Events (4)

1801 · 1801 Norwegian Census

Age 24

It listed all family members living on each farm. Also those living in the cities.
1810 · Vaccinations

Age 33

Royal order issued by the King of Norway and Denmark in 1810 required everyone to have a certificate of smallpox vaccination. This was also recorded in the Church records. 33
1812 · Record-keeping

Age 35

A uniform system for keeping church records was introduced by royal ordinance in December 1812. Prior to that there were no directions on how to keep church records. It required that a duplicate register be kept in a separate place.

Name Meaning

1 English: from Middle English hals ‘neck’ (Old English h(e)als). This was a nickname for a man with a long neck or for a conspicuous sufferer from goiter (a common affliction in medieval times).2 English (Devon): topographic name denoting someone living on a neck of land (from Middle English atte halse ‘at the neck’), or a habitational name from either of two places in Devon and Somerset named Halse, from this word. To a lesser extent Halse in Northamptonshire, named from Old English hals + hōh ‘ridge’, may also have contributed to the surname.3 Norwegian: habitational name from any of three farmsteads in the county of Møre og Romsdal. The farmsteads are so named from the Old Norse dative singular of hals ‘neck’, referring to a neck of land, or a ridge between two valleys.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Dorte Nimb in entry for Necoline Friderike Micaelsdatter, "Norway Baptisms, 1634-1927"
  • Magdalena Dorothea Nilsen, "Norway Baptisms, 1634-1927"
  • Dorothaea Nimb in entry for Sophie Marie Michael Christiansdatter, "Norway Baptisms, 1634-1927"

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