Norwegian Submitted Surnames

Norwegian names are used in the country of Norway in northern Europe. See also about Scandinavian names.
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Derived from aa, an obsolete spelling of Norwegian å "small river, stream".
AABERGDanish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian cognate of ÅBERG.
AABYNorwegian, Danish
From a place called Aaby or Åby, from Old Norse á "small river, stream" and býr "farm".
Derived from a place called Ådland, from Old Norse Árland "land by the river".
Combination of aa, an obsolete spelling of Norwegian å "small river, stream" and møte "meeting".
Derived from any of the farms so named, from Old Norse á "river" and hús "house, farmstead".
AASNorwegian, Danish
Variant spelling of ÅS.
Means "the ridge" in Norwegian. Definite singular form of AAS.
ÅKERSwedish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
From Swedish and Norwegian åker "plowed field".
Norwegian cognate of ALFSSON.
ALFSTADNorwegian (Rare)
Possibly a combination of the given name Alf and stad "city, town".
Means "son of ANDRE".
ÅSSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Means "ridge, hill" in the Scandinavian languages.
ASPLUNDSwedish, Norwegian (Rare)
Combination of Swedish asp "aspen" and lund "grove".
Derived from Old Norse auðn "wasteland, desolate place".
Means "slope, hillside" in Norwegian.
Definite singular form of BAKKE.
BAYDanish, Norwegian (Rare)
Likely a reduced form of German BAYER.
BENDTSDATTERDanish (Archaic), Norwegian (Archaic)
Strictly feminine patronymic for Bendt.
Derived from Old Norse birki "birch" and land "farm, land". Birkeland is the name of a village and parish in western Norway. The parish got it's name from an old farm. The parish church was built on the same spot where the farm once was.
From any of several farms named with Norwegian bjørk "birch" and lund "grove".
Variant of BØE. A notable bearer is Norwegian biathlete Tarjei Bø (b. 1988).
Derived from Old Norse býr "farm, village, settlement" or búa "to reside".
Habitational name from the common farm name Bøen, simply meaning "the farm" (ultimately derived from Old Norse býr "farm, village, settlement" and the definite article -en).
BOMENGENEnglish (American), Norwegian (Rare)
Name created from during immigration from Norway to the United States in either the late 19th or early 20th century meaning, "The farm with the big gate."
BONDENorwegian (Rare)
From a farm named Bonde, named with Old Norse bóndi "farmer" and vin "meadow".
BORGEDALENNorwegian (Rare)
Combination of Norwegian borg "fortification, castle" and dal "valley".
BORSHEIMNorwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from either of two farmsteads in Norway: Borsheim in Rogaland and Børsheim in Hordaland. Borsheim is a combination of an unknown first element and Norwegian heim "home", while Børsheim is a combination of Old Norse byrgi "fence, enclosure" and heim.
BRAGERNorwegian (Rare)
From the name of any of the various farmsteads in eastern Norway, which may have derived their name from a river name meaning "roaring", "thundering".
Derived from Old Norse broti "land cleared for cultivation by burning". This was a common farm name in southeastern Norway.
Derived from Old Norse brekka meaning "hill, slope".
Habitational name from any of several farms named Brevik, from Norwegian bred "broad" and vik "bay".
BYBERGNorwegian, Swedish (Rare)
Combination of Swedish and Norwegian by "village" and berg "mountain".
CLEVELANDNorwegian (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of Norwegian Kleiveland or Kleveland, habitational names from any of five farmsteads in Agder and Vestlandet named with Old Norse kleif "rocky ascent" or klefi "closet" (an allusion to a hollow land formation) and land "land".
CONRADIGerman, Danish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
Derived from a patronymic from the given name Konrad.
DAAELiterature, Norwegian, Danish (Rare), Swedish (Rare)
Norwegian surname, originating in Trondheim in the 17th century. Also a variant of Daa, the name of a Danish noble family which originated in Southern Jutland in the 14th century. ... [more]
DALENorwegian, Danish
Habitational name from any of the various farmsteads called Dale in Norway. Derived from Old Norse dalr "valley".
DRAGNorwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from any of several farms named Drag. The place name is related to Old Norse draga "to pull" (compare modern Norwegian dra with the same meaning) and originally denoted a place where boats were pulled along a river or across an isthmus.
ECKLANDEnglish (Rare), Norwegian (Anglicized, Rare, Expatriate), Swedish (Anglicized, Expatriate)
Possibly a variant of Ecklund. It might also be an anglicization of the rare Swedish surname Ekland or of a Norwegian name derived from several farmsteads named with eik "oak" and land "land".
From the name of several farmsteads in Norway named with Norwegian eik "oak" and land "land".
EGNERNorwegian (Rare)
From the name of a farm in Norway, of unknown origin. A known bearer was Norwegian playwright Thorbjørn Egner (1912-1990).
Derived from Old Norse eið "isthmus".
EIDSNESSNorwegian (Expatriate)
From Old Norse eið "isthmus" and nes "headland". This was the name of a farmstead in Norway.
EKERNNorwegian (Rare)
From Old Norse ekra "meadow, field". This was the name of a farmstead in Norway.
Means "son of Ellef".
Means "son of ELLING".
ENGSwedish, Norwegian
Derived from Old Norse eng "meadow".
Means "son of Engel".
ENGENNorwegian, Dutch
Norwegian habitational name. Singular definite form of ENG.... [more]
ENGLANDNorwegian (Rare)
From the name of several farms in Norway, named with Old Norse eng "meadow" and land "land".
EVENRUDNorwegian, American
From the name of several farms in Eastern Norway.
Means "son of EYVIND".
FALKENBERGGerman, Danish, Swedish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from any of several places named from Old High German falk "falcon" and berg "mountain, hill".
FERGUSENNorwegian (Rare)
Means 'Son of Fergus'. This is the Danish and Norwegian form of the Scottish surname Ferguson.
FETTNorwegian (Rare)
Derived from Old Norse fit "land, shore". This was the name of several farmsteads in Norway.
Means "Finn's farmstead", from the given name Finn (2) and Old Norse staðr "farmstead, dwelling". This was the name of several farms in Norway.
FISKEEnglish, Norwegian
From the traditionally Norwegian habitational surname, from the Old Norse fiskr "fish" and vin "meadow". In England and Denmark it was a surname denoting someone who was a "fisherman" or earned their living from selling fish.
FIVELANDNorwegian (Rare)
From the name of a farm in Norway named with the word fivel possibly meaning "cottongrass, bog cotton". This plant grows in abundance in the marshy land near the location of the farm.
Famous bearers include Norwegian footballers and relatives Tore Andre, Håvard, and Jostein Flo of the Norwegian national team that upset Brazil twice in both a friendly in 1997 and a 1998 World Cup group match.
FLOBERGSwedish, Norwegian (Rare)
Of uncertain origin. Could possibly be combination of flo, an unexplained element (but probably either ornamental or locational), and berg "mountain", or a habitational name from a place so named.
From Old Norse fyrði dative form of fjórðr "fjord". This was the name of several farmsteads in Norway.
FORRENNorwegian (Rare)
Derived form the name of a farmstead in Norway named with a word meaning "hollow, gorge".
FUGLESANGNorwegian, Swedish (Rare)
Means "bird song" in Norwegian (compare German Vogelsang).
GJESSINGNorwegian, Danish (Rare)
Used in Norway and Denmark since the 1600s. Probably of German origin.
GRIMMEnglish, German, Danish, Swedish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
From a nickname for a stern and forbidding individual, derived from the Old High German word grim "stern, severe". Or possibly from the given name GRÍMR derived from Old Norse gríma "mask, helmet"... [more]
From Old Norse Hávaland, derived from hár "high" and land "land, farm". This is the name of several farms in Norway.
HAMMERSMEDNorwegian (Archaic, ?), Danish (Archaic, ?)
Occupational name for a blacksmith, from Danish & Norwegian hammer, 'hammer' and smed, 'smith'. See Hammersmith
From Old Norse haugr "hill, mound". See HAUGEN.
Originates from a Farm name. Haugan comes from the Old Norse word haugr which can be translatd to "hill" or "mound".
Habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads named Hauge, from the dative singular of Old Norse haugr "hill, mound".
From Old Norse haugr "hill, mound" and land "farmstead, land".
A combination of Norwegian hauk, derived from Old Norse haukr, "hawk" and , derived from Old Norse bœr, "farm". The meaning refers to hawks sitting abode; as on the roof of a barn.
The Old Norse name element -land meaning "country, land" combined with either Old Norse hella "flat rock" or hellir "cave". ... [more]
HJERMSTADNorwegian (Rare)
Hjerm means royal swords, stad means place. So Hjermstad means "place for the King's swords".
Named after the town of Hjørnevik, Norway
HOLMSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, English
Derived from Old Norse holmr, meaning "islet".
HOLTEREnglish, German, Norwegian
Derived from English holt meaning "small wood". A topographic name for someone who lived near a small wooden area, as well as a habitational name from a place named with that element.
Probably a habitational name from a farm name in Norway.
Habitational name from the many farmsteads in Norway named Hovda. Derived from Old Norse hófði "rounded peak", itself derived from Old Norse hofuð "head".
Patronymic from the German personal name Engelbrecht.
Patronymic from the German personal name Engelbrecht.
Patronymic from the German personal name Engelbrecht.
Habitational name from any of four farmsteads so named. The origin of their name is not certain; it may be a compound of is "ice" and land "land" or from Island "Iceland" (the name of the country).
Means "son of IVER".
JENSDATTERNorwegian, Danish
Strictly feminine patronymic of Jens.
KANEIrish, Norwegian
From the anglicized Irish surname Cathan, meaning "warlike." In Norway, it's used as a noble name.
KEYNNorwegian (Rare)
Derived from the Norwegian word for "strong pillar".
KJÆRDanish, Norwegian
Topographic name for someone living near a wetland. Derived from Old Norse kjarr "swamp, bog".
KJELLANorwegian (?)
Meaning unknown, but it might be related to the given name Kjell.
KJELLBERGSwedish, Norwegian (Rare)
Old Norse kelda or Swedish källa, both meaning "spring (geology)", combined with berg "mountain, hill".
KOLDENGerman, Norwegian
From Middle Low German kolt, kolde ‘cold’, a nickname for an unfriendly person; alternatively, it may be a habitational name, a shortened form of Koldenhof ‘cold farm’ in Mecklenburg (standardized form: Kaltenhof, a frequent place name in northern Germany, East Prussia, Bavaria, and Württemberg).Norwegian: habitational name from a farm called Kolden, from Old Norse kollr ‘rounded mountain top’.
KROGNorwegian, Danish
Habitational name from places named with krog "corner, bend".
LANDEFrench, Norwegian, Jewish
French: topographic name for someone living on a heath, lande (from Gaulish landa ‘space’, ‘land’), or a habitational name from any of numerous minor places named La Lande from this word.... [more]
Derived from the elements lang meaning "long" and land meaning "land" or "farmstead".
LARSDATTERNorwegian, Danish
Strictly feminine patronymic for Lars.
LAURSENGerman, Norwegian, Danish
Norwegian, Danish, and North German: patronymic from Laur, a short form of Lawrence.
Variant spelling of Li. Derived from Old Norse hlíð "hillside, mountain slope".
Variant of LIE.
LINDEGerman, Dutch, Jewish, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Topographic name for someone who lived by a conspicuous lime tree, from Middle High German, Dutch linde, Scandinavian lind. There are several places, especially in North Germany, named with this word... [more]
Habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads so called. Derived from Old Norse lykkja "enclosure".
LOVENNorwegian (Rare), American (Rare)
From a farm (later renamed to Låvi) in Aurland municipality in Sogn og Fjordane fylke.... [more]
LUNNNorwegian, English
Derived from Lund, which in turn comes from the Old Norse lundr, meaning "grove of trees".
Anni-Frid Lyngstad (b. 1945) is a Norwegian-born Swedish singer and former member of ABBA.
From the name of several farms in Norway. One family got their name from a farm in Ullensaker municipality in Akershus county. Another family got it name from a farm called Ljøstad in Hedmark county.
MANUSNorwegian (Hispanicized)
Hispanicized variant of Magnussen. This was the surname of Norwegian World War II resistance fighter Max Manus, whose father spent much of his life living in Hispanophone countries.
MARTINSENNorwegian, Danish
Norwegian and Danish patronymic of Martin.
Modern form of Meðalbýr meaning "middle farm", a combination of Old Norse meðal "middle" and býr "farm".
Norwegian variant of the originally German surname MECKLENBURG, which came to Norway during the hanseatic era.
Means "sandy ground" in Norwegian.
Means "the sandy ground" in Norwegian.
From Old Norse mork "wood". This was the name of several farmsteads in Norway.
Habitational name from a farm name in Trøndelag, probably named with mose meaning "moss" + vin meaning "meadow".
Derived from Norwegian myr "bog, swamp".
Derived from Old Norse Myklibólstaðr meaning "large farm". From mikill "large" and bólstaðr "farm".
NANSENDanish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
Patronymic name derived from an unknown given name.
NORDAHLNorwegian, Swedish
The surname derives from a place name in Sunnmøre, Norway. Meaning from Old Norse norðr ''north'' and dalr ''dale'', ''valley''. In Sweden, this name is mostly ornamental, rather than habitaional.
NYGÅRDNorwegian, Swedish
Means "new farm". A combination of ny "new" and gård "farm, yard".
Combination of Norwegian ny "new" and land "land, yard".
Means "deserted farm" in Norwegian. A combination of øde "deserted, empty" and gård "farm, yard".
Habitational name from any of several farmsteads in Rogaland and Hordaland named Odland, from Old Norse Árland, a compound of á ‘small river’ (or another first element of uncertain origin) + land ‘land’, ‘farm’.
From the name Olaf.
Habitational name meaning "upper farm". Derived from Old Norse uppi "upper" and garðr "farm, yard". This was the name of several farmsteads in Norway. ... [more]
Habitational name from farmsteads in Norway named Østby or Austby. Derived from Old Norse aust "east" and býr "farm, village".
An uncommon Norwegian surname of uncertain origin. It is most likely a locational name, derived from Norwegian øst, 'east' and hagen, 'enclosure'. ... [more]
OVERSONDanish, Norwegian
Altered spelling of Oveson, itself a patronymic from the personal name Ove, a Danish form of the older Aghi, with a second element possibly meaning "spear".
PAULSENNorwegian, Danish
Means "son of PAUL".
PRYTZSwedish, Norwegian
Swedish and Norwegian surname, possibly of German origin.
A treacherous person who sides with opposing forces, this meaning comes from Vidkun Quisling of Norway. He helped the Germans during the German rule of Norway in the 1940's. Original meaning "One from" (-ling) "Quislemark", (quis) A romanization of the place name of Kvislemark.
The name of people from the small town Rekdal in West-Norway. Former footballer Kjetil Rekdal (1968- ) is the most known person from there.
RODRIKSENNorwegian (Rare)
Means 'Son of Rodrik'. Rodrik is the Swedish and Norwegian form of Roderick.
Habitational surname for any of the several farmsteads named Roe or Røe, derived from the Old Norse ruð meaning "clearing".
Habitational name from the farmstead in Sogn named Røysum, from the dative plural of Old Norse reysi ‘heap of stones’.
From Old Norse Ryðningr, from ruð "clearing".
Norwegian form of Rosenberg.
ross (came from scotland) ing - added in Norway
RUDENorwegian, German
German: From a pet form of a personal name formed with Old High German hrōd "fame", for example Rudolf or Rüdiger. See also Ruhe.... [more]
Derived from Old Norse sætr "farm".
SANDEnglish, Scottish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German, Jewish
Topographic name for someone who lived on patch of sandy soil, from the vocabulary word sand. As a Swedish or Jewish name it was often purely ornamental.
Habitational name from any of forty or more farmsteads so named, especially on the west coast, from the dative case of Old Norse sandr meaning "sand", "sandy plain", "beach".
SANDVIKNorwegian, Swedish
A combination of sand "sand" and vik "bay, inlet".
SAXEnglish, Norwegian
English from an Old Norse personal name, Saxi meaning ‘sword’.
Variant of SKAU.
Norwegian for "house by the sea."
From the Old Norse habitational name Seljuland, from selja "willow" and land "land", "farm".
Norwegian: habitational name from any of about fifteen farms so named, a variant of Seim.
Habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads named Seter or Sæter.
From a farm named Skarstad
SKAUNorwegian, Danish
Ultimately derived from Old Norse skógr "forest".
From Old Norse skeið "race, horse race".
SKELTONEnglish, German, Norwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from places in Cumbria and Yorkshire, England, originally named with the same elements as Shelton, but with a later change of ‘s’ to ‘sk’ under Scandinavian influence.
SKOGNorwegian, Swedish
Means "forest" in Norwegian and Swedish.
SMEDNorwegian, Swedish, Danish
Scandinavian cognate of Smith.
Means "home of the sun" in Norwegian. A combination of sol "sun" and heim "home".... [more]
SØRENSDATTERDanish, Norwegian
Strictly feminine patronymic of Søren.
Habitational name from a common farm name, Sørli, composed of the elements sør ‘south’ + li ‘slope’, ‘hillside’.
Combination of Old Norse stafr "pole" and vik "bay". This was the name of a farmstead in Norway.
habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads, notably in eastern Norway, named Steinset, from either the noun stein ‘stone’ or the same word as a personal name + set ‘farmstead’.... [more]
STOLTENBERGGerman, Norwegian
Habitational name from places so called in Pomerania and Rhineland. A famous bearer is Jens Stoltenberg (b. 1959), Prime Minister of Norway 2000-2001 and 2005-2013.
STORMEnglish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian (Rare)
Nickname for a man of blustery temperament, from Middle English, Middle Low German, storm, Old Norse stormr meaning "storm".
Habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads, notably in northern Norway, so named from stor meaning "big" + mo meaning "moor", "heath".
STRØMNorwegian, Danish
Means "stream" in Norwegian and Danish. ... [more]
Means Living Room or cabin in Norwegian.
Literally: "Thanks For"
Tangen is a village in south-east Norway.
THEISENGerman, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish, and Norwegian: patronymic from a reduced form of the personal name Matthias or Mathies (see Matthew).
From a patronymic from Tollef, a variant of Torleiv, from Old Norse þorleifr (see TORLEIF).
Means "son of Tonnes", Tonnes or Tønne(s) being a Norwegian short form of Antonius.
TORPNorwegian, Swedish, Danish
Scandinavian form of THORPE.
This last name is common in North Dakota.
Norwegian habitational name derived from Old Norse þveit "clearing".
ULVESTADNorwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from any of five farmsteads, most in western Norway, named from Old Norse ulfr meaning ‘wolf’ + staðir, plural of staðr meaning ‘farmstead’, ‘dwelling’.
Habitational name from a place named with Old Norse undir meaning "under" and berg meaning "mountain, hill".
Værnes is a village in the municipality of Stjørdal in Nord-Trøndelag county in Mid-Norway. The original spelling of the village's name was Vannes and it is a combination of var "calm, quiet" and nes "headland"... [more]
Invented by Sverre Kristian (then) Olsen and his brother Willy Anfinn (also then) Olsen. They thought Olsen was boring, and invented the new Vargeid.
Habitational name from any of four farmsteads so named, from the plural of Old Norse viðr meaning "wood", "tree".
Habitational name from farmsteads named Ve, for example in Hordaland and Sogn, from Old Norse "sacred place".
Norwegian habitational name from any of several farmsteads, mainly in Hedmark, named with velte ‘log pile’.
VIKNorwegian, Swedish
Derived from Old Norse vík "bay, inlet".
A habitational name derived from farmsteads in Rogaland named Vagle, from the Old Norse vagl meaning a '‘perch’' or '‘roost'’, referring to a high ridge between two lakes.
WAHLBERGGerman, Swedish, Norwegian
Wahlberg is a topographic surname composed of German wal "field, meadow" and berg "mountain, hill".