Rambo

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Rambo is an American surname, variously of French (from Rambeau), German (from Rambow)[1] or Swedish origin (supposedly ramn+bo "raven's nest"), adopted by Peter Gunnarsson Rambo c. 1640, a Swedish settler.[2]

It is now best known from the Rambo franchise, named for protagonist John Rambo from the novel First Blood (1972).

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  1. ^ Patrick Hanks, Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press (2003), p. 159.
  2. ^ Nils William Olsson , Swedish American Genealogist, Volumes 15-16 (1995), p. 79[1]: "[Peter Gunnarsson Rambo] chose his surname (meaning raven's nest) from Ramberget (raven's mountain), a prominent hill in Hisingen overlooking Goteborg harbor. After becoming a freeman, Peter Rambo married Brita Matsdotter from Vasa, Finland, 7 April 1647".