I like the new Discovery Page for my ancestor, but the Name Origin suggestion is way off base.
For folks in Norway before 1900, the last name is normally either the patronymic (son of Helge is Helgesen) or the farm name. In my relatives' case, Medalen is the name of the farm near Haglebu, in Eggedal, Sigdal, Norway, and has nothing to do with Medlin from Wales. You'll also see Bergets and Haugens and Dokkens and Heftes and Lunds and Myros and Nygards and and Steinsruds and Strands and that is just a few of the farms in one corner of Buskerud. Throughout Norway there are hundreds or thousands.
Thanks, Bonnie Cresap
Halvor Ellingsen Medalen1737 – 7 July 1811 • KG7G-MY9 (Halvor, son of Elling, from the Medalen farm)