Scandinavian Submitted Surnames
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SKELTON English, 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.
Means "sea farm" indicating a farmstead near the sea or open water.
Habitational name from sønder
"southern" and gård
Habitational name from a common farm name, Sørli, composed of the elements sør ‘south’ + li ‘slope’, ‘hillside’.
Means "Steel Hammer" (From Swedish stål
"steel" and hammare
"hammer"). Was originally a name common among blacksmiths.
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]
STOLTENBERG German, 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.
Habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads, notably in northern Norway, so named from stor meaning "big" + mo meaning "moor", "heath".
Combination of Swedish strand
meaning "beach" and berg
From the Swedish word stid
meaning either "swift, rapid" or "battle, combat, fight".
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).
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of ström
"stream" and berg
STURE Old 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]
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of sund
"strait" and berg
A combination of Swedish sund
"strait" and the suffix -in
derived from Latin -inus, -inius "descendant of"
An ornamental name derived from the words sund
, meaning "sound" or "strait", and quist
, also spelled kvist
, meaning "twig" or "branch".
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of sund
"strait" and ström
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.
TOPELIUS Finnish (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.
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of Swedish törn
"thorn" and blad
TROLLE Swedish, 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]
Norwegian habitational name derived from Old Norse þveit
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]
ULVAEUS Swedish (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.
ULVESTAD Norwegian (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
The suffix -in
, derived from Latin -inus, -inius "descendant of", combined with either Latin vallis
"valley" or Swedish vall
"wall, pasture, field of grass".
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 vé
Norwegian habitational name from any of several farmsteads, mainly in Hedmark, named with velte
Ornamental name composed of Swedish väst
"west" and the suffix -in
derived from Latin -inus
VON SYDOW Swedish, 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
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.
Ornamental name from Swedish vall
"grassy bank, pasture, grazing ground", or in some cases a habitational name from a place named with this element.
Ornamental name composed of the elements vall
"grassy bank, pasture" and gren
Probably originating near the town of Ribe in Southeast Denmark. It appears as both Warming and Varming.... [more]
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
WIND English, German, Danish
Nickname for a swift runner, from Middle English wind
"wind", Middle High German wint
"wind", also "greyhound".
WOLF English, 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
WOLF English, 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]
ZELMERLÖW Swedish (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.
Combination of Swedish säter
"mountain pasture" and berg