Norwegian Surnames

Norwegian names are used in the country of Norway in northern Europe. See also about Scandinavian names.
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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.
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".
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.
FALK     Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, German
From Old Norse falkr or Middle High German valke "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.
FREDRIKSEN     Norwegian
Means "son of FREDRIK".
GULBRANDSEN     Norwegian
Means "son of GULBRAND" in Norwegian.
GUNDERSEN     Norwegian
Means "son of GUNDER".
GUNNARSEN     Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of GUNNAR".
GUNVALDSEN     Norwegian
Means "son of GUNVALD".
HAAKONSSON     Norwegian
Means "son of HÅKON".
HAGEBAK     Norwegian
Norwegian for "garden on a hill".
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).
HALVORSEN     Norwegian
Means "son of HALVOR".
HANSEN (1)     Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Frisian
Means "son of HANS".
HARALDSSON     Norwegian
Means "son of HARALD".
HAUGEN     Norwegian
Means "hill" in Norwegian, used by families residing on hilltops.
HENRIKSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of HENRIK".
HERMANSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian form of HERMANSON.
HOLGERSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of HOLGER".
HOLT     Dutch, Danish, English, Norwegian
Means "a wood" or "grove" in Old English or German.
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.
HUMMEL (1)     German, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian
Derived from the given name HUMBERT.
HUMMEL (2)     German, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian
Nickname for a busy person (from the Germanic word hommel meaning "bee").
ISAKSEN     Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of ISAK".
JAKOBSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of JAKOB".
JANSEN     Dutch, Norwegian
Means "son of JAN (1)".
JOHANNESSEN     Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of JOHANNES".
JOHANSEN     Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of JOHAN".
JOHNSEN     Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of JOHAN".
KNUTSEN     Norwegian
Means "son of KNUT".
KRISTIANSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of KRISTIAN".
LANDVIK     Norwegian
Means "land and bay" in Norwegian.
LANG     German, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish and Norwegian cognate of LONG.
LANGE     German, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish and Norwegian cognate of LONG.
LEONARDSEN     Norwegian
Norwegian form of LEONARDSON.
LOSNEDAHL     Norwegian
From a place name: dahl means "valley" in Norwegian, and Losne is 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.
NÆSS     Norwegian
Variant of NAESS.
NAESS     Norwegian
From the Norwegian word næs "a promontory".
NASS     Norwegian
From the Norwegian word næs meaning "a promontory".
NESS     Scottish, English, Norwegian
Means "headland" in Middle English, originally referring to a person who lived there.
NILSEN     Norwegian
Means "son of NILS".
OLHOUSER     Norwegian, English
Means "(dweller by or near the) old house".
OLIVERSEN     Norwegian
Norwegian form of OLIVERSON.
OMDAHL     Norwegian
Denoted a person hailing from any one of a number of farms in Norway called either Åmdal or Omdal meaning "elm valley".
OSTBERG     Norwegian
From Østberg, the Norwegian form of ÖSTBERG.
OTTOSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of OTTO".
OVESEN     Norwegian
Means "son of OVE".
PEDERSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of PEDER".
PETTERSEN     Norwegian
Means "son of PETTER".
PREBENSEN     Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of PREBEN".
RASKE     Danish, Dutch, German, Norwegian
Variant of RASK, used in Germany and the Netherlands.
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)".
SKJEGGESTAD     Norwegian
Means "Skjegge's place" or "the bearded one's place" from Norwegian skjegge "beard" and stad "town, place".
SOLBERG     Danish, German, Norwegian, Swedish
From the Germanic elements sol "sun" combined with berg "mountain".
SØRENSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of SØREN".
SPILLUM     Norwegian
Originally denoted a person from Spillum, Norway.
STEENSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of STEEN".
STORSTRAND     Norwegian
Originally denoted someone from Storstrand farm, Norway, derived from stor meaning "big" and strand meaning "beach".
STRAND     Danish, German, Norwegian, Swedish
From the Middle Low German word strand meaning "sea shore". It was originally given to someone who lived on or near the sea.
SVENDSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of SVEND".
SWENHAUGEN     Norwegian
Originally a name for a person from Swenhaugen, Norway.
TENNFJORD     Norwegian
Originally denoted a person from Tennfjord, Norway.
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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