140 Common Danish Surnames

ABEL (1) English, French, Danish, Spanish, Portuguese
Derived from the given name ABEL.
ABRAHAMSEN Norwegian, Danish
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”.
ANDERSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of ANDERS”.
ANDREASEN Danish
Means “son of ANDREAS”.
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.
ANTONISEN Danish
Means “son of ANTON”.
ANTONSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of ANTON”.
AXELSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of AXEL”.
BAGER Danish
Danish cognate of BAKER.
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”.
BENDTSEN Danish
Means “son of BENDT”.
BENTSEN Danish
Means “son of BENT (1)”.
BERG German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From a Germanic word meaning “mountain”.
BERNTSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of BERNT”.
BJARNESEN Danish
Means “son of BJARNE”.
BODILSEN Danish
Means “son of BODIL”.
BRAMS Danish
Derived from the given name BRAM.
CARLSEN Danish
Means “son of CARL”.
CARSTENSEN Danish
Means “son of CARSTEN”.
CHRISTENSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of CHRISTEN (1)”.
CHRISTIANSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of CHRISTIAN”.
CHRISTOFFERSEN Danish
Means “son of CHRISTOFFER”.
CLAUSEN Danish
Means “son of CLAUS”.
CLEMENSEN Danish
Means “son of CLEMENS”.
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.
DALGAARD Danish
From Old Norse dalr meaning “valley” and garðr meaning “yard, farmstead”.
DAM Dutch, Danish
Means “dike, dam” in Dutch and Danish. In modern Danish it also means “pond”.
DANIELSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of DANIEL”.
DAVIDSEN Danish
Means “son of DAVID”.
ERIKSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of ERIK”.
FALK Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, German
From Old Norse falkr or Middle High German valke meaning “falcon”.
FELDT German, Danish, Swedish
North German, Danish and Swedish variant of FELD.
FISKER Danish
Means “fisherman” in Danish.
FRANK (3) German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian
Name for a person from Franconia in Germany, so called because it was settled by the Frankish people.
FREDERIKSEN Danish
Means “son of FREDERIK”.
GIESE German, Danish
Derived from a short form of the given name GISELBERT or other Germanic names beginning with the element gisil.
GULDBRANDSEN Danish
Means “son of GULBRAND” in Danish.
GUNNARSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of GUNNAR”.
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).
HANSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of HANS”. This is the most common surname in Norway, and the third most common in Denmark.
HENNINGSEN Danish
Means “son of HENNING”.
HENRIKSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of HENRIK”.
HERMANSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of HERMAN”.
HJORT Danish, Swedish
Danish and Swedish cognate of HART.
HOLGERSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of HOLGER”.
HOLST Danish, Low German, Dutch
Originally referred to a person from the region of HOLSTEIN between Germany and Denmark. A famous bearer of this name was the English composer Gustav Holst (1874-1934).
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.
IBSEN Danish
Means “son of IB”. A famous bearer was the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906).
ISAKSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of ISAK”.
IVERSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of IVER”.
JACOBSEN Danish
Means “son of JACOB”.
JAKOBSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of JAKOB”.
JENSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of JENS”. This is the most common surname in Denmark.
JENSON Danish (Anglicized)
Americanized form of JENSEN.
JESPERSEN Danish
Means “son of JESPER”.
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”.
JOKUMSEN Danish
Means “son of JOKUM”.
JONASEN Danish
Means “son of JONAS (2)”.
JØRGENSEN Danish
Means “son of JØRGEN”.
KARLSEN Danish
Means “son of KARL”.
KARSTENSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of KARSTEN”.
KASPERSEN Danish
Means “son of KASPER”.
KJELDSEN Danish
Means “son of KJELD”.
KLASSEN Danish
Variant of KLAUSEN.
KLAUSEN Danish
Means “son of KLAUS”.
KNUDSEN Danish
Means “son of KNUD”.
KOPPEL Estonian, Danish
From Low German koppel meaning “paddock, pasture” (a word borrowed into Estonian).
KRISTENSEN Danish
Means “son of KRISTEN (1)”.
KRISTIANSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of KRISTIAN”.
KRISTOFFERSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of KRISTOFFER”.
LANG German, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish and Norwegian cognate of LONG.
LANGE German, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish and Norwegian cognate of LONG.
LARSEN Danish
Means “son of LARS”.
LARSON Swedish (Anglicized), Danish (Anglicized)
Americanized form of LARSSON or LARSEN.
LAURITSEN Danish
Means “son of LAURITS”.
LORENZEN Danish, Low German
Means “son of LORENS”.
LUDVIGSEN Danish
Means “son of LUDVIG”.
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.
LYKKE Danish
Means “happiness” in Danish.
MADSEN Danish
Means “son of MADS”.
MARTINSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of MARTIN”.
MATHIASEN Danish
Means “son of MATHIAS”.
MATTHIASEN Danish
Means “son of MATTHIAS”.
MIKKELSEN Danish
Means “son of MIKKEL”.
MØLLER Danish
Danish form of MÜLLER.
MORTENSEN Danish
Means “son of MORTEN”.
NIELSEN Danish
Means “son of NIELS (1)”.
NIKOLAJSEN Danish
Means “son of NIKOLAJ”.
NORDSKOV Danish
Means “north woods” in Danish.
NØRUP Danish
From the name of Danish villages named Nørup or Norup.
NORUP Danish
Variant of NØRUP.
OLESEN Danish
Means “son of OLE”.
OLSEN Danish
Means “son of OLE”.
OLSON Swedish (Anglicized), Danish (Anglicized)
Americanized form of OLSSON or OLSEN.
ØSTER Danish
From Danish øst meaning “east”, originally denoting a dweller on the eastern side of a place.
ØSTERGAARD Danish
Variant of ØSTERGÅRD.
ØSTERGÅRD Danish
From Danish øst “east” and gård “enclosure, farm”.
OTTOSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of OTTO”.
PALLESEN Danish
Means “son of PALLE”.
PAULSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of PAUL”.
PEDERSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of PEDER”.
PETERSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of PETER”.
POULSEN Danish
Means “son of POUL”.
PREBENSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of PREBEN”.
RANDRUP Danish
From the name of homesteads in Denmark (in Viborg or Rebild municipalities).
RASK Danish, Swedish
Means “energetic, quick, healthy” in Danish and Swedish.
RASMUSSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of RASMUS”.
REENBERG Danish
Meaning unknown. The second element is probably from Old Norse berg “mountain” (modern Danish bjerg).
RIBER Danish
Originally indicated a person from the county or town of Ribe in southwestern Denmark.
ROBERTSEN Danish
Means “son of ROBERT”.
SANDER German, Danish
Derived from the given name ALEXANDER.
SIMONSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of SIMON (1)”.
SKOVGAARD Danish
From a place name, derived from Danish skov “wood, forest” and gård “farm, yard”.
SØRENSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of SØREN”.
SORENSON Danish (Anglicized), Swedish (Anglicized)
Americanized form of SØRENSEN or SÖRENSSON.
STEENSEN Danish
Means “son of STEEN”.
STEFANSEN Danish
Means “son of STEFAN”.
STEFFENSEN Danish
Means “son of STEFFEN”.
STENBERG Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Derived from Scandinavian sten “stone” and berg “mountain”. As a Swedish name it is ornamental.
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”.
THOMASSEN Norwegian, Danish
Means “son of THOMAS”.
THORN English, Danish
Originally applied to a person who lived in or near a thorn bush.
THORSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means “son of THOR”.
TROELSEN Danish
Means “son of TROELS”.
VANG (1) Norwegian, Danish
Variant of WANG (3).
VERNERSEN Danish
Means “son of VERNER”.
VINTER Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Scandinavian variant of WINTER.
WANG (3) German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From Old High German wang or Old Norse vangr meaning “grassy slope, meadow”.
WINTHER Danish, Swedish
Danish and Swedish variant of WINTER.
WOLFF German, Danish, Norwegian, Jewish
Variant of WOLF.

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