103 Common Norwegian Surnames

ABRAHAMSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of ABRAHAM”.
ABRAMSEN Norwegian
Means “son of ABRAHAM”.
ADAMSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of ADAM”.
AKSELSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of AKSEL”.
ALBERTSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of ALBERT”.
ALEXANDERSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of ALEXANDER”.
AMUNDSEN Norwegian
Means “son of AMUND”.
ANDERSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of ANDERS”.
ANDREASSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of ANDREAS”.
ANKER Dutch, Danish, Norwegian
Metonymic surname for a sailor, meaning “anchor” in Dutch, Danish and Norwegian.
ANTHONSEN Danish, Norwegian
Variant of ANTONSEN.
ANTONSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of ANTON”.
ARNESEN Norwegian
Means “son of ARNE (1)”.
ÅRUD Norwegian
From Norwegian å meaning “river, stream” and the archaic word rud meaning “clearing”.
AXELSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of AXEL”.
BAARDSEN Norwegian
Means “son of BÅRD”.
BECK (1) English, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
Cognate of BACH, from Middle English bekke (from Old Norse), Low German beke or Old Norse bekkr all meaning “stream”.
BERG German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From a Germanic word meaning “mountain”.
BERNTSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of BERNT”.
CHRISTENSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of CHRISTEN (1)”.
CHRISTIANSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of CHRISTIAN”.
DAHL Norwegian, Swedish, Danish
From Old Norse dalr meaning “valley”. A famous of this surname was author Roald Dahl (1916-1990) who is mostly remembered for children’s stories such as Matilda and Henry Sugar.
DANIELSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of DANIEL”.
ERIKSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of ERIK”.
ESPENSEN Norwegian
Means “son of ESPEN”.
ESPENSON Norwegian (Anglicized)
Americanized form of ESPENSEN.
EVENSEN Norwegian
Means “son of EVEN”.
FALK Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, German
From Old Norse falkr or Middle High German valke meaning “falcon”.
FRANK (3) German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian
Name for a person from Franconia in Germany, so called because it was settled by the Frankish people.
Means “son of FREDRIK”.
Means “son of GULBRAND” in Norwegian.
Means “son of GUNDER”.
GUNNARSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of GUNNAR”.
Means “son of GUNVALD”.
Means “son of HÅKON”.
HAGEN Norwegian, Dutch
From Old Norse hagi or Old Dutch hago meaning “enclosure, pasture”.
HALL English, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Means simply “hall”, given to one who either lived in or worked in a hall (the house of a medieval noble).
Means “son of HALVOR”.
HANSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of HANS”. This is the most common surname in Norway, and the third most common in Denmark.
HANSSEN Norwegian
Means “son of HANS”.
Means “son of HARALD”.
HAUGEN Norwegian
Means “hill” in Norwegian, referring to a person who lived on a hilltop.
HENRIKSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of HENRIK”.
HERMANSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of HERMAN”.
HOLGERSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of HOLGER”.
HOLT English, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian
From Old English, Old Dutch and Old Norse holt meaning “forest”.
HORN English, German, Norwegian, Danish
From the Germanic word horn meaning “horn”. This was an occupational name for one who carved objects out of horn or who played a horn, or a person who lived near a horn-shaped geographical feature, such as a mountain or a bend in a river.
ISAKSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of ISAK”.
IVERSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of IVER”.
JAKOBSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of JAKOB”.
JANSEN Dutch, Norwegian
Means “son of JAN (1)”. This is the second most common Dutch surname.
JENSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of JENS”. This is the most common surname in Denmark.
JOHANNESSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of JOHANNES”.
JOHANSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of JOHAN”. This is the second most common Norwegian surname.
JOHNSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of JOHN”.
KARSTENSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of KARSTEN”.
KNUTSEN Norwegian
Means “son of KNUT”.
KRISTIANSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of KRISTIAN”.
KRISTOFFERSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of KRISTOFFER”.
LANDVIK Norwegian
From the name of a Norwegian town meaning “land inlet”.
LANG German, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish and Norwegian cognate of LONG.
LANGE German, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish and Norwegian cognate of LONG.
Means “son of LENNART”.
From Norwegian dahl meaning “valley” and Losna, a place in Norway.
LUND Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English
Indicated a person who lived near a grove of trees, from Old Norse lundr meaning “grove”. There are towns in Sweden and Britain called Lund.
MARTINSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of MARTIN”.
NÆSS Norwegian
Variant of NESS.
NAESS Norwegian
Variant of NESS.
NASS Norwegian
Variant of NESS.
NESS English, Scottish, Norwegian
From English ness and Norwegian nes meaning “headland, promontory”, of Old Norse origin, originally referring to a person who lived there.
NILSEN Norwegian
Means “son of NILS”.
Means “son of OLIVER”.
OMDAHL Norwegian
Denoted a person hailing from any one of a number of farms in Norway called either Åmdal or Omdal meaning “elm valley”.
ØSTBERG Norwegian
Norwegian form of ÖSTBERG.
OTTOSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of OTTO”.
OVESEN Norwegian
Means “son of OVE”.
PAULSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of PAUL”.
PEDERSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of PEDER”.
PETERSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of PETER”.
Means “son of PETTER”.
PREBENSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of PREBEN”.
RASMUSSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of RASMUS”.
ROLVSSON Norwegian
Means “son of ROLF”.
RUUD Norwegian
Derived from Old Norse ruð meaning “clearing”.
SILJE Norwegian
Derived from the given name SILJE.
SIMONSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of SIMON (1)”.
From a place name, derived from Norwegian skjegg “beard” and stad “town, place”.
SOLBERG Norwegian, Swedish
From a place name, derived from Old Norse sól “sun” and berg “mountain”. As a Swedish name it may be ornamental.
SØRENSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of SØREN”.
SPILLUM Norwegian
Originally denoted a person from Spillum, Norway.
STENBERG Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Derived from Scandinavian sten “stone” and berg “mountain”. As a Swedish name it is ornamental.
Originally denoted someone from Storstrand farm in Norway, derived from stor meaning “big” and strand meaning “beach”.
STRAND Norwegian, Swedish, Danish
From Old Norse strǫnd meaning “beach, sea shore”. It was originally given to someone who lived on or near the sea.
SVENDSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of SVEND”.
Originally denoted a person from Tennfjord, Norway.
THOMASSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of THOMAS”.
THORSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of THOR”.
VANG (1) Norwegian, Danish
Variant of WANG (3).
VINTER Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Scandinavian variant of WINTER.
VOLL (1) Norwegian
Originally indicated a person who lived in a meadow, from Old Norse vǫllr “meadow, field”.
VOLLAN Norwegian
Variant of VOLL (1).
WANG (3) German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From Old High German wang or Old Norse vangr meaning “grassy slope, meadow”.
WOLFF German, Danish, Norwegian, Jewish
Variant of WOLF.

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