DAHL Dutch, German, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish
From Middle Low German dal
or Old Norse dalr
both 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'.
Originally denoted someone who was a doctor, ultimately from Latin doctor
GIESE German, Danish
Derived from a short form of the given name GISELBERT
or any other Germanic name with the first element gisil
HOLST Danish, Low German, Dutch
Referred originally 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).
LANG Danish, Norwegian, German
From Scandinavian lang
, Middle High German lanc
and Middle Low German lank
all meaning "long". It was originally a nickname for a tall person or family.
Derived from the name of at least two different Danish villages.
Means "(dweller in the) eastern (side of a place)" from Danish øster
Means "(dweller by or at the) eastern farm, enclosure" from Danish øster
"eastern" and gård
From the name of homesteads in Denmark (in Viborg or Rebild municipalities).
Means "healthy, energetic, speedy" in Danish.
Originally indicated someone who came from the county or town of Ribe in southwest Denmark.
Means "dweller in a farm near the woods" from Danish skov
"wood" and gård