Scandinavian Submitted Surnames

Scandinavian names are used in the Scandinavia region of northern Europe. For more specific lists, see Swedish names, Danish names and Norwegian names. 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.
Combination of Swedish å "small river" and berg "mountain".
Means "apple farm."
ADELSKÖLDSwedish (Rare)
Combination of Swedish adel "nobility, aristocracy" and sköld "shield".
ADLERZSwedish (Rare)
Possibly derived from the German surname Adler.
Derived from Swedish al "alder tree".
AHLBORNSwedish (Rare)
Combination of Swedish al "alder" and -born, a Swedish surname suffix derived from German geboren "born".
Combination of Swedish al "alder" and the common Swedish surname suffix -in (ultimately derived from Latin -inus, -inius "descendant of").
Combination of Swedish al "alder" and quist an old spelling of kvist "twig".
Combination of Swedish å "small river" and man "man".
ÅKERSwedish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
From Swedish and Norwegian åker "plowed field".
Combination of Swedish åker "field" and hjälm "helmet".
Combination of Swedish åker "field" and ström "stream".
Means "son of ÅKE".
Norwegian cognate of ALFSSON.
ALFSTADNorwegian (Rare)
Possibly a combination of the given name Alf and stad "city, town".
ALFVÉNSwedish (Rare)
Perhaps derived from Swedish älv "river".
Means "son of Algot".
Variant of Ahlin.
Means "elm" in Swedish.
Combination of Swedish alm "elm" and blad "leaf".
Combination of Swedish alm "elm" and löv "leaf".
Combination of Swedish alm "elm" and kvist "twig, branch".
AMUNDSONEnglish (American, Anglicized), Swedish (Rare)
Anglicized from or rare Swedish variant of AMUNDSEN.
Strictly feminine patronymic of Anders.
Means "daughter of Andreas", this surname is only used by females.
Latinized patronymic from the name Andreas.
Means "son of ANDRE".
Combination of Swedish ånga "steam" and ström "river, current, stream". A notable bearer was Swedish physicist Anders Ångström (1814-1874), one of the founders of the science of spectroscopy... [more]
Means "son of ANTON".
Combination of Swedish apel or äpple both meaning "apple" and kvist "branch, twig".
ÄRLIGSwedish (Rare)
Means "honest" in Swedish.
Means "son of Arne".
ARRHENIUSSwedish (Rare)
The name of two separate family linages with no relation between each other. One family originates from Linköping, Östergötland and probably got its name from Ancient Greek ᾰ̓́ρρην (árrhēn) "male" (taken from the last syllable of ancestor's last name, Kapfelman)... [more]
Means "son of ARVID".
ÅSSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Means "ridge, hill" in the Scandinavian languages.
From Swedish ask "ash tree".
Combination of Swedish ås "ridge, esker" and lund "grove".
ASPLUNDSwedish, Norwegian (Rare)
Combination of Swedish asp "aspen" and lund "grove".
Means "son of ASSAR".
Combination of Swedish å "creek, small river, stream" and ström "stream, current, flow".
Derived from Old Norse auðn "wasteland, desolate place".
Possibly a habitational name with the combination of ax, a Swedish word for the fruiting body of a grain plant, and the common surname suffix -ell.
AXELMANSwedish (Rare)
From the Scandinavian given name Axel and man "man".
Combination of Swedish bäck "brook, stream" and lund "grove".
Combination of Swedish backe "hill, slope" and lund "grove".
Combination of Swedish bäck "small stream" and man "man".
BACKMANEnglish, Swedish, German
Combination of Old English bakke "spine, back" and man "man". In Swedish, the first element is more likely to be derived from Swedish backe "hill", and in German the first element can be derived from German backen "to bake"... [more]
Combination of Swedish bäck "brook" and ström "stream".
From Swedish bagge "ram (male sheep)".
Means "slope, hillside" in Norwegian.
Definite singular form of BAKKE.
Originally a nickname denoting a loud or brash person, from Old Danish bang "noise" (from Old Norse banga "to pound, hammer" of echoic origin). A literary bearer was Danish author Herman Bang (1857-1912).... [more]
BAYDanish, Norwegian (Rare)
Likely a reduced form of German BAYER.
BENDTSDATTERDanish (Archaic), Norwegian (Archaic)
Strictly feminine patronymic for Bendt.
BENGTSONEnglish, Swedish
Variant of the Swedish surname Bengtsson.
Combination of Swedish berg "mountain, hill" and dal "valley".
Swedish surname meaning "mountain branch". From berg "mountain" and gren "branch".
Combination of Swedish berg "mountain" and kvist "branch".
Combination of Swedish berg "mountain" and the popular surname suffix -in, derived from Latin -inus, -inius meaning "descendant of". The second element could also be derived from Swedish lind "lime tree" or lin "flax, linseed".
Combination of Swedish berg "mountain, hill" and lind "linden tree".
BERGMANNGerman, Swedish (Rare)
German variant of BERG combined with the suffix mann "man".
Combination of Swedish berg "mountain, hill" and mark "land, ground, field".
Variant spelling of Bergkvist.
Of uncertain origin. The name could be a shortened form of BERGLIN. It could also be a habitational name from the city in Germany or from a place in Sweden named with ber or berg "mountain"... [more]
BERNGerman, Scandinavian, German (Swiss)
German and Scandinavian: from the personal name Berno, a pet form of Bernhard. In South German it comes from the habitational name from Bern, Switzerland, notably in the south; in other parts from the personal name Berno.
BERNADOTTEFrench, Swedish
Possibly from the name of a historical province in Southern France named Béarn. This was originally a French non-noble surname. French general Jean Baptise Bernadotte (1763-1844) became the king of Sweden as Charles XIV John (Swedish: Karl XIV Johan) in 1818 and founded the current royal house in Sweden, House of Bernadotte.
BERTHOLMSwedish (Rare)
Possibly a combination of the name Bert and holm (see Holm).
BERWALDGerman, Swedish (Rare), Danish (Rare)
Originally derived from the given name Bernwald, composed of Old High German bern, bero "bear" and wald "ruler". Later altered to Bärwald "bear forest", from German Bär "bear" and Wald "forest"... [more]
Derived from the name of the city Beeskow in Germany. A notable bearer was Swedish author and illustrator Elsa Beskow (1874-1953).
BILDTSwedish, Danish
Bildt is a Danish-Swedish-Norwegian noble family originating from Jutland in Denmark and now domiciled in Bohus county in southwest Sweden. The Norwegian branch of the family died out in the beginning of the 18th century... [more]
BIRCHEnglish, German, Danish, Swedish (Rare)
From Middle High German birche, Old English birce, Old Danish birk, all meaning "birch". This was likely a topographic name for someone living by a birch tree or a birch forest... [more]
BIRKELow German, Swedish (Rare)
Variant of Birk. Perhaps a shortened form of any of various Danish and Norwegian surnames beginning with Birke-, for example Birkeland and Birkelund ("birch grove").
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.
Combination of Swedish björk "birch" and lund "grove".
From any of several farms named with Norwegian bjørk "birch" and lund "grove".
Means "bear" in Swedish.
Means "daughter of Björn". Its masculine counterpart is Björnsson.
BLASIUSGerman, Dutch, Scandinavian
From the Latin personal name Blasius. This was a Roman family name, originating as a byname for someone with some defect, either of speech or gait, from Latin blaesus "stammering" (compare Greek blaisos "bow-legged")... [more]
From Swedish blixt "lightning, flash".
Variant of Blomqvist. Mikael Blomkvist is a fictional character in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series.
Combination of Swedish blom "bloom, flower" and qvist, an archaic spelling of kvist "twig".
Variant of BLOM.
Variant of BØE. A notable bearer is Norwegian biathlete Tarjei Bø (b. 1988).
Possibly a combination of Swedish bod "shed, shack, small building" and the common surname suffix -én (originally a derivative of Latin -enius "descendant of"). Also a possible habitational name from places named with Bod-.
Variant of BODÉN.
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).
Habitational name from a place so named in Jutland.
BOLTDanish, German
Variant of Boldt.
Combination of Swedish bo (noun) "nest, farm, dwelling" and man "man".
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."
BONDESwedish, Old Swedish, Danish
From Old Norse bóndi "farmer". Used as both a last name and a (rare) given name in Sweden (see BONDE for the given name and BONDESSON as an example of a patronymic derived from this name)... [more]
BONDENorwegian (Rare)
From a farm named Bonde, named with Old Norse bóndi "farmer" and vin "meadow".
Means "son of BONDE", or possibly "son of a farmer".
Combination of an unknown first element and the common surname suffix -én (originally from Latin -enius "descendant of"). Also possible habitational name derived from places named with Bor-, such as Borås, Borensberg, and Borlänge... [more]
BORGEDALENNorwegian (Rare)
Combination of Norwegian borg "fortification, castle" and dal "valley".
Means "son of "BÖRJE".
The Danish surname Borresen has two origins. Boerresen is composed of -sen 'son' + the given name Boerre, the modern equivalent of Old Norse Byrgir 'the helper' (from proto-Indo-European root BHER- 'to carry, bear')... [more]
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.
Combination of Swedish bo "dwelling, home" and ström "stream, river".
BOYEEnglish, German, Dutch, Frisian, Danish
From the Germanic given names Boio or Bogo, which are of uncertain origin. Also possibly a variant of Bothe.
Patronymic used exclusively by women, meaning "daughter of Bragi". Bragason is the male equivalent.
Patronymic used exclusively by men, derived from the Old Norse name Bragi.
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".
BRAHEDanish (Rare), Swedish (Rare)
Danish and Swedish noble family with roots in Scania and Halland, southern Sweden (both provinces belonged to Denmark when the family was founded). A notable bearer was Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601).
BRANNERDanish, German, English
Danish variant of BRANDER and German variant of BRANTNER.
Combination of Swedish bränna "to burn" and ström "stream".
A combination of Swedish brant "steep hill" and the suffix -ing. A famous bearer was Hjalmar Branting (1860–1925), Prime Minister of Sweden in the 1920s.
Derived from Old Norse broti "land cleared for cultivation by burning". This was a common farm name in southeastern Norway.
BRATTÉNSwedish (Rare)
Composed of the personal name Bratt and the common surname suffix -én (ultimately from Latin -enius "descendant of").
Derived from Old Norse brekka meaning "hill, slope".
Habitational name from any of several farms named Brevik, from Norwegian bred "broad" and vik "bay".
Likely composed of Swedish bro "bridge" and the common surname suffix -én (ultimately derived from Latin -enius).
Composed of Swedish bro "bridge" and the common surname suffix -in (ultimately derived from Latin -inus, -inius "descendant of").
Means "son of Bror".
BUREOld Swedish, Swedish
This was the name of an influential family in 16th century Sweden. The name originated from the village Bure (now known as Bureå) in Skellefteå parish in Northern Sweden. The village got its name from the nearby Bure River (Swedish: Bure älv, Bureälven) whose name was derived from the Swedish dialectal word burra "buzz, rumble".
BYBERGNorwegian, Swedish (Rare)
Combination of Swedish and Norwegian by "village" and berg "mountain".
A combination of Swedish by "village" and the suffix -in, derived from Latin -inus, -inius "descendant of"
Combination of Swedish by "village" and lund "grove".
A combination of Swedish by "village" and German stedt "home, place".
CALLANDERScottish, English, Swedish (Rare)
Habitational name from various places so named in Scotland. ... [more]
Combination of the given name KARL or Swedish karl "man" and ander, from classical Greek andros, "man".
CARLINSwedish (Rare)
Combination of the given name Karl, which is also a common place name prefix, and the common surname suffix -in (originally from Latin -inus "descendant of").
From the personal name Karl, which is also a common place name prefix, and the common surname suffix -ing "belonging to".
Combination of Swedish ceder "cedar" and kvist "twig, branch".
CELSIUSSwedish (Archaic), History
Latinized form of Högen "the mound" (Latin: celsus), the name of a vicarage in Ovanåker parish, Sweden. Celsius is a unit of measurement for temperature named for Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius (1701–1744).
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.
CRABBEnglish, Scottish, German, Dutch, Danish
English and Scottish, from Middle English crabbe, Old English crabba ‘crab’ (the crustacean), a nickname for someone with a peculiar gait. English and Scottish from Middle English crabbe ‘crabapple (tree)’ (probably of Old Norse origin), hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a crabapple tree... [more]
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]
Combination of Swedish dal "valley" and berg "mountain".
DAHLBYSwedish (Rare)
Combination of Swedish dal "valley" and by "village".
Combination of Swedish dal "valley" and the common surname suffix -én, a derivative of Latin -enius "descendant of".
Derived from Swedish dal "valley" and ström "stream".
DAHMERGerman, Danish
A northern German or Danish habitual name for someone from one of the many places named Dahme in Brandenburg, Holstein, Mecklenburg, or Silesia. A famous bearer of this name was Jeffrey Dahmer, serial killer (1960 - 1993).
DALENorwegian, Danish
Habitational name from any of the various farmsteads called Dale in Norway. Derived from Old Norse dalr "valley".
DAMMGerman, Danish
Topographic name from Middle High German damm "dike".
DANRomanian, Vietnamese, English, Danish
Ethnic name in various European languages (including Danish and English) meaning ‘Dane’. ... [more]
Danish name element gård "farmstead, yard" combined with prefix dau of unknown origin. ... [more]
DE GEERDutch, Swedish
The name is possibly derived from the town of Geer near Liège, Belgium. The town lies along the course of the river Jeker, which is called Geer in French.
DELEURANFrench (Huguenot), Danish
Huguenot surname of unknown origin. This family emigrated to Denmark in the 16th century, and now most members of the family are Danish
DJÄRVSwedish (Rare)
Means "bold, daring" in Swedish.
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.
DROSTDutch, German, Danish
Occupational name for a steward or head servant.
From Swedish duva "dove, pigeon".
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".
Means "daughter of Edda". Used only by women.
Means "son of Edda". Used only by men.
Possibly a habitational name from a place named with the element ed "isthmus". In some cases it could also be a shortened form of EDENIUS (a combination of Swedish ed "isthmus" and the Latin suffix -enius "descendant of").
Variant of EDÉN.
Combination of Swedish ed "isthmus" and ström "stream".
Variant of EK.
Derived from a place name on Sjælland containing the name element EIK meaning "oak".
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.
Combination of Swedish ek "oak" and berg "mountain".
Combination of Swedish ek "oak" and dal "valley".
Variant of EKDAHL.
EKERNNorwegian (Rare)
From Old Norse ekra "meadow, field". This was the name of a farmstead in Norway.
Composed of the elements ek "oak" and holm "islet"
EKLANDSwedish (Rare)
Combination of Swedish ek "oak" and land "land". A famous bearer is Swedish actress Britt Ekland (b. 1942), but in her case, the name is a variant of Eklund.
Combination of Swedish ek "oak" and löf, an archaic spelling of löv, "leaf".
Combination of Swedish ek "oak" and man "man".
Combination of Swedish ek "oak" and ström "stream, river, current".
Composed of Swedish ek "oak" and vall "field, pasture".
Combination of an unexplained first element and the common Swedish surname suffix -ander (originally from Greek aner, andros "man").
Possibly a combination of an obsolete spelling of Swedish älv "river" and the suffix -ing (ultimately from Proto-Germanic -ingaz) meaning "coming from, belonging to, descending from"... [more]
Means "son of ELIAS".
Means "son of Ellef".
Means "son of ELLING".
Means "son of ELOF".
ENEBORGSwedish (Rare)
From Swedish en "juniper" and borg "castle".
Means "son of Enevold".
ENGSwedish, Norwegian
Derived from Old Norse eng "meadow".
Combination of Swedish äng "meadow" and dal "valley".
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".
ENGLUNDSwedish, English
Combination of Swedish äng "meadow" and lund "grove".
Combination of Swedish en "juniper" and rot "root".
Variant spelling of ERIKSSON.
Derived from the personal name ERLAND. A famous bearer was Swedish politician Tage Erlander (1901-1985), Prime Minister of Sweden between 1946 and 1969. His father adopted the name Erlander from his father, whose surname was Erlandsson.
Means "son of ERLAND".
Contracted form of ERIKSSON.
EVENRUDNorwegian, American
From the name of several farms in Eastern Norway.
Means "son of EYVIND".
Habitational name from a place so called.
From Swedish fager, an archaic word meaning ”pretty, fair”.
Variant of Feldt.
FALKENBERGGerman, Danish, Swedish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from any of several places named from Old High German falk "falcon" and berg "mountain, hill".
Means "field" in Swedish.
Combination of Swedish fält "field" and skog "forest". Agnetha Fältskog (b. 1950) is a Swedish singer and former member of ABBA.
Meaning unknown.
FERGUSENNorwegian (Rare)
Means 'Son of Fergus'. This is the Danish and Norwegian form of the Scottish surname Ferguson.
FERGUSSONSwedish (Rare)
Swedish cognate of the Scottish surname Ferguson.
FETTNorwegian (Rare)
Derived from Old Norse fit "land, shore". This was the name of several farmsteads in Norway.
FEYGerman, English, French, Danish
English: variant of Fay. ... [more]
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.
From Swedish flink, an adjective for someone who is quick and accurate.
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.
Combination of Swedish flod "river" and kvist "twig, branch".
Combination of Latin flor "flower" and the common surname suffix -én.
From Swedish fågel "bird" and ström "stream".
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".
Means "rapid" (geology) in Swedish.
Combination of Swedish fors "rapid" and löv "leaf".
Combination of Swedish fors "rapid" (geology) and man "man".
Means "son of FRANS".
Combination of the given name FRANZ and the popular surname suffix -én, derived from Latin -enius "descendant of".
FREDMANSwedish, Jewish
Swedish: ornamental name composed of the elements fred ‘peace’ + man ‘man’.... [more]
FREYJUSONIcelandic (Rare)
Means "son of FREYJA" in Icelandic
Swedish cognate of FREUD.
From Swedish from "pious, devout, religious, holy".
FUGLESANGNorwegian, Swedish (Rare)
Means "bird song" in Norwegian (compare German Vogelsang).
Possibly derived from the Swedish word Gård meaning (Garden, or Gardener).
GJESSINGNorwegian, Danish (Rare)
Used in Norway and Denmark since the 1600s. Probably of German origin.
Swedish soldier name meaning "happy". ... [more]
GLADEnglish, Scandinavian
Nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle English, Scandinavian glad "merry, jolly".
GOLDBERGGerman, Jewish, Danish
From German gold 'gold' and -berg, meaning 'gold-mountain'.
In Swedish, an ornamental name meaning "spruce mountain" or "spruce hill", with gran meaning "spruce" and berg meaning "mountain" or "hill."... [more]
Variant of GRAHN.
Swedish soldier name meaning "grenade". ... [more]
Combination of Swedish gran "spruce" and kvist "twig, branch".
Variant of Gren.
Means "branch" in Swedish.
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]