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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RUDÉNSwedish (Rare)
Swedish rud "clearing" (compare Ruud) combined with the common surname suffix -én.
RUDSTRÖMSwedish
Combination of rud "deforested land, clearing" and ström "stream".
RYDBERGSwedish
Combination of Swedish ryd "woodland clearing" and berg "mountain". Notable bearers are author and poet Viktor Rydberg (1828-1895) and physicist Johannes Rydberg (1854-1919).
RYDELLSwedish, English
Swedish: ornamental name composed of the place name element ryd ‘woodland clearing’ + the common suffix -ell, from the Latin adjectival ending -elius.... [more]
RYDÉNGerman, Swedish
Can come from the island Rügen in Germany. Bengt Rydén was the cheif editor at a Swedish magazine called Veckans Affärer.
SÆTHERNorwegian
Derived from Old Norse sætr "farm".
SAHLINSwedish
Swedish sal "hall, large room" (possibly from a place name containing this element) combined with the common surname suffix -in.
SAMUELSSONSwedish
Means "son of SAMUEL".
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.
SANDAHLSwedish
Combination of Swedish sand "sand" and dal "valley".
SANDBERGSwedish
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of sand "sand" and berg "mountain".
SANDENorwegian
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".
SANDSTRÖMSwedish
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of sand "sand" and ström "stream".
SANDVALLSwedish
From Swedish sand "sand" and vall "wall, pasture, field of grass".
SANDVIKNorwegian, Swedish
A combination of sand "sand" and vik "bay, inlet".
SANTESSONSwedish
Means "son of Sante". Sante is a medieval Swedish form of Alexander.
SAXEnglish, Norwegian
English from an Old Norse personal name, Saxi meaning ‘sword’.
SCHÖNGerman, Swedish
Derived from Middle High German schoene "beautiful, friendly".
SEDINSwedish
Two famous bearers are the Swedish ice hockey players, and twins, Henrik and Daniel Sedin (b. 1980).
SEEHUUSNorwegian
Norwegian for "house by the sea."
SEGERSwedish, English, Dutch
Means "victory" in Swedish. It is also a variant of the English surname SEAGER or derived from the Germanic given name SIGIHERI "victory army".
SELLANDNorwegian
From the Old Norse habitational name Seljuland, from selja "willow" and land "land", "farm".
SEMNorwegian
Norwegian: habitational name from any of about fifteen farms so named, a variant of Seim.
SETHERNorwegian
Habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads named Seter or Sæter.
SIEVERTLow German, Dutch, Swedish
Derived from the given name SIVERT. A Sievert (Sv) is a unit measuring the effect of ionizing radiation on the human body (called equivalent absorbed radiation dose). It was named after Swedish medical physicist Rolf Sievert (1896 – 1966).
SIGURÐARDÓTTIRIcelandic
Means "daughter of Sigurður" in Icelandic. This surname is used as a patronymic. Its masculine counterpart is Sigurðsson.
SIGURÐDÓTTIRIcelandic
Means "daughter of Sigurður" in Icelandic.
SIVERTSSONSwedish
Swedish cognate of Sivertsen.
SJÖBERGSwedish
Combination of Swedish sjö "lake" and berg "mountain, hill".
SJÖBLOMSwedish
Combination of Swediah sjö "lake" and blom "bloom".
SJÖGRENSwedish
Ornamental name comprised of Swedish sjö "lake" and gren "branch".
SJÖMANSwedish
Means "seaman, sailor" in Swedish, although this name is more likely to be an ornamental name composed of Swedish sjö "lake" and man "man". A notable bearer is film director Vilgot Sjöman (1924-2006).
SJÖÖSwedish
Derived from Swedish sjö "lake".
SJÖSTRÖMSwedish
Ornamental name composed of Swedish sjö "lake" and ström "stream, small river".
SJUNNESSONSwedish
Means "son of SJUNNE".
SKARSGÅRDSwedish (Rare)
Allegedly a habitational name derived from Skärlöv, a village located on the island of Öland, Kalmar County, Sweden. The name of the village is, according to very uncertain sources, said to mean Skares gård "Skare's farm"... [more]
SKARSTADNorwegian
From a farm named Skarstad
SKAUNorwegian
Means "Forest" in Norwegian.
SKEIENorwegian
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.
SKÖLDSwedish
Means "shield" in Swedish.
SKOVDanish
Means "forest" or "woods" in Danish.
SMEDNorwegian, Swedish, Danish
Scandinavian cognate of Smith.
SÖDERSwedish
Swedish surname meaning "south".
SÖDERBERGSwedish
Combination of Swedish söder "south" and berg "mountain".
SÖDERLUNDSwedish
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of söder "south" and lund "grove".
SÖDERMANSwedish
From Swedish söder "south" and man "man".
SÖDERSTRÖMSwedish
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of söder "south" and ström "stream".
SØGÅRDDanish
Means "sea farm" indicating a farmstead near the sea or open water.
SOLEMARKSwedish (Modern, Rare)
Combination of Swedish sol "sun" and mark "ground, earth".
SOLHEIMNorwegian
Means "home of the sun" in Norwegian. A combination of sol "sun" and heim "home".... [more]
SØNDERGAARDDanish
Habitational name from sønder "southern" and gård "enclosure", "farm".
SØNDERGÅRDDanish
Means "southern farm."
SONESSONSwedish
Means "son of SONE".
SØRENSDATTERDanish, Norwegian
Strictly feminine patronymic of Søren.
SORLIENorwegian
Habitational name from a common farm name, Sørli, composed of the elements sør ‘south’ + li ‘slope’, ‘hillside’.
STÅHLSwedish
Variant of Stål.
STÅLSwedish
Means "steel" in Swedish.
STÅLBERGSwedish
Combination of Swedish stål "steel" and berg "mountain".
STÅLHAMMARSwedish
Means "Steel Hammer" (From Swedish stål "steel" and hammare "hammer"). Was originally a name common among blacksmiths.
STAVIGNorwegian
Combination of Old Norse stafr "pole" and vik "bay". This was the name of a farmstead in Norway.
STENSETHNorwegian
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]
STENVALLSwedish
Composed of the elements sten "stone" and vall "mound".
STIGWARDScottish, Danish, Swedish
The proper form of "Stewart"
STOLTSwedish
Swedish soldier name meaning "proud". ... [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".
STORMONorwegian
Habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads, notably in northern Norway, so named from stor meaning "big" + mo meaning "moor", "heath".
STRANDBERGSwedish
Combination of Swedish strand meaning "beach" and berg meaning "mountain".
STRIDSwedish
From the Swedish word stid meaning either "swift, rapid" or "battle, combat, fight".
STRINDBERGSwedish
Likely a combination of Strinne, the name of a village in Multrå parish, Ångermanland, Sweden, and berg "mountain". A well known bearer of this name was Swedish playwright and novelist August Strindberg (1849-1912).
STRÖMSwedish
Means "stream" in Swedish.
STRØMNorwegian, Danish
Means "stream" in Norwegian and Danish. ... [more]
STRÖMBERGSwedish
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of ström "stream" and berg "mountain".
STUREOld Swedish, Swedish (Rare)
Derived from Old Norse stura "to be contrary". This was the surname of two important families in the 15th and 16th century Sweden. Members of these families served as regents of Sweden during this time... [more]
SUNDBERGSwedish
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of sund "strait" and berg "mountain".
SUNDINSwedish
A combination of Swedish sund "strait" and the suffix -in derived from Latin -inus, -inius "descendant of"
SUNDQUISTSwedish
An ornamental name derived from the words sund, meaning "sound" or "strait", and quist, also spelled kvist or qvist, meaning "twig" or "branch".
SUNDSTRÖMSwedish
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of sund "strait" and ström "stream".
SUNESSONSwedish
Means "son of SUNE".
SVAHNSwedish
From Swedish svan "swan".
SVANSwedish
Means "swan" in Swedish.
SVÄRDSwedish
Means "sword" in Swedish.
SVENSKSwedish
Means "Swede, Swedish" in Swedish.
TAKVAMNorwegian
Literally: "Thanks For"
TANGENNorwegian
Tangen is a village in south-east Norway.
TAPPERSwedish
Swedish soldier name meaning "brave". ... [more]
TEGNÉRSwedish
Derived from the name of Tegnaby parish in Småland, Sweden. The name was originally spelled Tegnérus, but was later shortened to Tegnér. Notable bearers include Alice Tegnér (1864-1943), composer of many Swedish hymns and children's songs, and Esaias Tegnér (1782-1846), bishop and writer.
TEODORSSONSwedish
Meaning "Teodor's son"
TESCHERGerman, Danish
Occupational name for a joiner or a variant of Tasch.
THEISENGerman, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish, and Norwegian: patronymic from a reduced form of the personal name Matthias or Mathies (see Matthew).
THIESSENGerman, Danish
Reduced form of the personal name Matthias or Mathies.
ÞÓRHALLDÓTTIRIcelandic
Means "daughter of Þórhallur" in Icelandic.
ÞÓRHALLSSONIcelandic
Means "son of Þórhallur" in Icelandic.
ÞÓRSDÓTTIRIcelandic
Means "daughter of ÞÓR" in Icelandic.
ÞÓRSSONIcelandic
Means "son of ÞÓR" in Icelandic.
TOLLEFSENNorwegian
From a patronymic from Tollef, a variant of Torleiv, from Old Norse þorleifr (see TORLEIF).
TONNESENNorwegian
Means "son of Tonnes", Tonnes or Tønne(s) being a Norwegian short form of Antonius.
TOPELIUSFinnish (Rare), Swedish (Rare)
Latinized form of the Finnish place name Toppila in Ostrobothnia, Finland. Zachris Topelius (1818-1898) was a Swedish-speaking Finnish author, journalist, and historian.
TÖRNBLADSwedish
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of Swedish törn "thorn" and blad "leaf".
TORPNorwegian, Swedish, Danish
Scandinavian form of THORPE.
TORVALDSSONSwedish
Swedish patronymic meaning "son of Torvald". ... [more]
TROEDSSONSwedish
Means "son of TROED".
TROFTGRUBENNorwegian
This last name is common in North Dakota.
TROLLESwedish, Old Swedish
Swedish noble family. According to legend, an early ancestor killed a troll and that's how the family got its name. The family's coat of arms depicts a headless troll. The earliest known ancestor is Birger Knutsson Trulle (died approx... [more]
TRUEDSSONSwedish
Means "son of TRUED".
TVEITNorwegian
Norwegian habitational name derived from Old Norse þveit "clearing".
TVILLINGSwedish (Rare)
Means "twin" in Swedish.
TYSKSwedish
Means "German" in Swedish. It probably started out as a nickname for someone who had immigrated from Germany or for someone who had German ancestry. It could also be a 'soldier name' and refer to the military unit someone belonged to... [more]
ULVAEUSSwedish (Rare)
Allegedly a latinization of Ulfsäter, a combination of Swedish ulv "wolf" and säter "mountain pasture". Björn Ulvaeus (b. 1945) is a Swedish songwriter, composer and former member of ABBA.
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’.
UNDERBERGNorwegian
Habitational name from a place named with Old Norse undir meaning "under" and berg meaning "mountain, hill".
VADENEnglish, Swedish
Apparently of English origin, but of unexplained etymology. ... [more]
VÆRNESNorwegian
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]
VALLINSwedish
The suffix -in, derived from Latin -inus, -inius "descendant of", combined with either Latin vallis "valley" or Swedish vall "wall, pasture, field of grass".
VASAOld Swedish, Swedish (Archaic)
Swedish noble and former royal family. Possibly from vase meaning "bundle" or "withy". The name is believed to be a reference to the family's coat of arms. The most notable member of the family was Gustav Eriksson Vasa (1496-1560), later known as Gustav I of Sweden (in modern times known exclusively as Gustav Vasa)... [more]
VEANorwegian
Habitational name from any of four farmsteads so named, from the plural of Old Norse viðr meaning "wood", "tree".
VEENorwegian
Habitational name from farmsteads named Ve, for example in Hordaland and Sogn, from Old Norse "sacred place".
VELTENNorwegian
Norwegian habitational name from any of several farmsteads, mainly in Hedmark, named with velte ‘log pile’.
VESTINSwedish
Ornamental name composed of Swedish väst "west" and the suffix -in derived from Latin -inus, -inius "descendant of".
VIKNorwegian, Swedish
Derived from Old Norse vík "bay, inlet".
VIKANDERSwedish
Swedish vik ”bay” combined with the common surname suffix -ander.
VIKLUNDSwedish
Combination of Swedish vik "bay" and lund "grove".
VILHJÁLMSDÓTTIRIcelandic
Means "daughter of Vilhjálmur". Its masculine counterpart is Vilhjálmsson.
VILLADSENDanish
Villadsen means "son of Villads".
VINTHERDanish
Danish variant of Winter.
VON SYDOWSwedish, German
von Sydow is a German and Swedish noble family from Pomerania, an area in modern day Poland and Germany. Some members of the family immigrated to Sweden in 1724. The name literary means "from Sydow"... [more]
WAGLENorwegian
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".
WALLSwedish
Ornamental name from Swedish vall "grassy bank, pasture, grazing ground", or in some cases a habitational name from a place named with this element.
WALLGRENSwedish
Ornamental name composed of the elements vall "grassy bank, pasture" and gren "branch".
WALLINSwedish
Variant spelling of Vallin.
WARMINGDanish
Probably originating near the town of Ribe in Southeast Denmark. It appears as both Warming and Varming.... [more]
WENDTGerman, Danish
Ethnic name for a Wend, Middle High German wind(e). The Wends (also known as Sorbians) once occupied a large area of northeastern Germany (extending as far west as Lüneburg, with an area called Wendland), and many German place names and surnames are of Wendish origin... [more]
WESTERGAARDDanish
Danish variant of Westergård.
WESTERGÅRDSwedish, Finnish
From Swedish väster meaning "west, western" combined with gård meaning "farm, yard, estate".
WESTINSwedish
Variant spelling of Vestin.
WESTLINGSwedish
Combination of Swedish väst "west" and the common surname suffix -ling. A notable bearer is Prince Daniel (b. 1973), husband of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.
WICKSTRANDSwedish (Rare), Finnish
This is a Finnish and rare Swedish last name.
WIDEMANSwedish (Anglicized)
Americanized form of Swedish Widman.
WIDMANSwedish
Swedish ornamental name composed of the elements Wid-, an uncertain element, possibly Old Swedish viþr ‘wood’, ‘forest’ or from a place name formed with Old Swedish vid ‘wide’ + man ‘man’.
WIJKSwedish
Derived from Swedish vik "bay".
WIKSTRÖMSwedish
Composed of the elements vik "bay" and ström "stream"
WINDEnglish, German, Danish
Nickname for a swift runner, from Middle English wind "wind", Middle High German wint "wind", also "greyhound".
WINDSwedish
Ornamental name from vind "wind", or a habitational name from a place named with this element.
WOLFEnglish, German, Danish, Norwegian, Jewish, Scottish, Irish, Swedish, Dutch, Welsh, Flemish
From the Old English & German wulf and other Germanic cognates, all meaning 'wolf, wild dog'. (Swedish, Norwegian & Danish ulv, Scots wouf, Yiddish volf & Dutch wolf)... [more]
WOLFEnglish, Danish, German
From a short form of the various Germanic compound names with a first element wolf "wolf", or a byname or nickname with this meaning. The wolf was native throughout the forests of Europe, including Britain, until comparatively recently... [more]
ZAKRISSONSwedish
Means "son of ZAKRIS" in Swedish.
ZELMERLÖWSwedish (Rare)
Rare Swedish surname composed of the name of the family's ancestor Selma Löf. One bearer is Swedish artist Måns Zelmerlöw (b.1986) who won Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
ZETTERBERGSwedish
Combination of Swedish säter "mountain pasture" and berg "mountain, hill".
ZETTERGRENSwedish
Combination of Swedish säter "mountain pasture" and gren "branch".
ZETTERLUNDSwedish
Combination of Swedish säter "mountain pasture" and lund "grove".
ZETTERSTRÖMSwedish
Combination of Swedish säter "mountain pasture" and ström "stream".
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