Old Norse Origin Surnames

This is a list of surnames in which the origin is Old Norse. Old Norse was the North Germanic language spoken by the peoples of ancient Scandinavia.
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AGNARSSON Icelandic
Means "son of AGNAR".
AHLBERG Swedish
Ornamental name derived from Swedish al "alder" and berg "mountain".
ÅKERMAN Swedish
Swedish form of ACKERMANN.
ALFSON Swedish
Anglicized form of ALFSSON.
ALFSSON Swedish
Means "son of ALF (1)".
ALVARSSON Swedish
Means "son of ALVAR".
AMUNDSEN Norwegian
Means "son of AMUND".
APPLEBY English
From the name of various English towns, derived from Old English æppel "apple" and Old Norse býr "farm, settlement".
ARNESEN Norwegian
Means "son of ARNE (1)".
BAARDSEN Norwegian
Means "son of BÅRD".
BAGER Danish
Danish cognate of BAKER.
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".
BECKETT English
Originally a diminutive of BECK (1) or BECK (3).
BEGBIE Scottish
From the name of a town in East Lothian, Scotland. It is derived from the Old Norse given name BAGGI and býr "farm, settlement".
BERG German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From a Germanic word meaning "mountain".
BERGFALK Swedish
Derived from Swedish berg "mountain" and falk "falcon".
BERGLUND Swedish
Ornamental name from Swedish berg "mountain" and lund "grove".
BERGMAN Swedish
From Swedish berg "mountain" and man "man", originally a name for a person living on a mountain.
BERGSTRÖM Swedish
Derived from Swedish berg "mountain" and ström "stream".
BJARNESEN Danish
Means "son of BJARNE".
BJÖRK Swedish
From Swedish björk "birch tree".
BJÖRKMAN Swedish
From Swedish björk "birch tree" and man "man".
BJÖRNSSON Swedish
Means "son of BJÖRN".
BLOM Swedish
Means "bloom, flower" in Swedish.
BLOMGREN Swedish
From Swedish blomma meaning "flower" and gren meaning "branch".
BODILSEN Danish
Means "son of BODIL".
BORG Swedish
From Swedish borg meaning "fortification, castle".
BRAND German, English
Derived from the Germanic given name BRANDO or its Old Norse cognate BRANDR.
BRANSON English
Means "son of BRANDR".
BYQUIST Swedish
Derived from Swedish by "village" and qvist "twig, branch".
BYSTRÖM Swedish
From Swedish by "village" and ström "stream".
CARR Scottish
Variant of KERR.
CASON English
From the English place name Cawston, derived from the Old Norse given name KÁLFR combined with Old English tun meaning "enclosure, yard, town".
COREY English
Derived from the Old Norse given name Kóri, of unknown meaning.
CORY English
Variant of COREY.
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.
DAHLMAN Swedish
From Swedish dal meaning "dale, valley" and man meaning "man".
DALGAARD Danish
From Old Norse dalr meaning "valley" and garðr meaning "yard, farmstead".
DAM Dutch, Danish
Means "dike, dam" in Dutch and Danish. In modern Danish it also means "pond".
DANE (2) English
Originally denoted a Dane, that is a person from Denmark.
DUSTIN English
From the Old Norse given name ÞÓRSTEINN.
EERKENS Dutch
Variant of ERKENS.
EINARSSON Swedish
Means "son of EINAR".
EK Swedish
Means "oak" in Swedish.
EKLUND Swedish
From Swedish ek "oak" and lund "grove".
ELD Swedish
From Old Norse eldr, modern Swedish eld, meaning "fire".
ENGBERG Swedish
Ornamental name derived from Swedish äng "meadow" and berg "mountain".
ENGMAN Swedish
From Swedish äng "meadow" and man "man", originally a name for a person who lived in a meadow.
ERCKENS Dutch
Variant of ERKENS.
ERICKSON English
Means "son of ERIC".
ERICSON English, Swedish
Means "son of ERIC".
ERICSSON Swedish
Means "son of ERIC".
ERIKSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of ERIK".
ERIKSSON Swedish
Means "son of ERIK".
ERKENS Dutch
Derived from the given name Erk, a variant of ERIK.
ESPENSEN Norwegian
Means "son of ESPEN".
FISKER Danish
Means "fisherman" in Danish.
FORSBERG Swedish
Derived from Swedish fors "waterfall" and berg "mountain".
GULBRANDSEN Norwegian
Means "son of GULBRAND" in Norwegian.
GULDBRANDSEN Danish
Means "son of GULBRAND" in Danish.
GUNDERSEN Norwegian
Means "son of GUNDER".
GUNNARSSON Swedish
Means "son of GUNNAR".
GUSTAFSSON Swedish
Means "son of GUSTAF". The actress Greta Garbo (1905-1990) was originally named Greta Gustafsson.
GUSTAVSSON Swedish
Means "son of GUSTAV".
HAAKONSSON Norwegian
Means "son of HÅKON".
HAGEN Norwegian, Dutch
From Old Norse hagi or Old Dutch hago meaning "enclosure, pasture".
HAIG English, Scottish
From Old English haga or Old Norse hagi meaning "enclosure, pasture".
HALLMAN Swedish
Occupational variant of HALL.
HALVORSEN Norwegian
Means "son of HALVOR".
HARALDSEN Norwegian
Means "son of HARALD".
HARALDSSON Swedish
Means "son of HARALD".
HAROLDSON Swedish
Anglicized form of HARALDSSON.
HEIMISSON Icelandic
Means "son of HEIMIR".
HJORT Danish, Swedish
Danish and Swedish cognate of HART.
HOLGERSSON Swedish
Means "son of HOLGER".
HOLME English, Scottish
Referred either to someone living by a small island (northern Middle English holm, from Old Norse holmr) or near a holly tree (Middle English holm, from Old English holegn).
HOLMES English, Scottish
Variant of HOLME. A famous fictional bearer was Sherlock Holmes, a detective in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's mystery stories beginning in 1887.
HOLMSTRÖM Swedish
From Swedish holme "islet" and ström "stream".
HOLT English, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian
From Old English, Old Dutch and Old Norse holt meaning "forest".
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.
HOWARD (1) English
Derived from the given name HUGHARD or HÁVARÐR.
HOWE English
Name for one who lived on a hill, from Middle English how "hill" (of Norse origin).
HOWSE English
Variant of HOWE.
HULT Swedish
Swedish form of HOLT.
HUME Scottish, English
Variant of HOLME. A famous bearer was the philosopher David Hume (1711-1776).
INGESSON Swedish
Means "son of INGE".
IVERS English, Irish
Patronymic derived from the given name IVOR.
KEIR Scottish
Variant of KERR.
KERR Scottish
From Scots kerr meaning "rough wet ground", ultimately from Old Norse kjarr.
KIRBY English
From numerous towns in northern England named Kirby or Kirkby, derived from Old Norse kirkja "church" and býr "farm, settlement".
KIRK English
From northern Middle English kirk "church", from Old Norse kirkja (cognate of CHURCH).
KJELDSEN Danish
Means "son of KJELD".
KJELLSSON Swedish
Means "son of KJELL".
KNUDSEN Danish
Means "son of KNUD".
KNUTSEN Norwegian
Means "son of KNUT".
KNUTSSON Swedish
Means "son of KNUT".
LÅNG Swedish
Swedish cognate of LONG.
LANG German, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish and Norwegian cognate of LONG.
LANGE German, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish and Norwegian cognate of LONG.
LEIFSSON Icelandic, Swedish
Means "son of LEIF".
LINDBERG Swedish
From Swedish lind "linden tree" and berg "mountain".
LINDGREN Swedish
From Swedish lind "linden tree" and gren "branch". A famous bearer of this name was Swedish author Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002).
LINDHOLM Swedish
From Swedish lind "linden tree" and holme "small island".
LINDQUIST Swedish
Ornamental name derived from Swedish lind "linden tree" and qvist "twig, branch".
LINDSTRÖM Swedish
Derived from Swedish lind "linden tree" and ström "stream".
LJUNGBORG Swedish
From Swedish ljung "heather" and borg "castle".
LJUNGMAN Swedish
From Swedish ljung "heather" and man "man".
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.
LUNDBERG Swedish
Derived from Swedish lund "grove" and berg "mountain".
LUNDGREN Swedish
Derived from Swedish lund "grove" and gren "branch".
LUNDQUIST Swedish
Derived from Swedish lund "grove" and qvist "twig, branch".
MAC UILEAGÓID Irish
Irish Gaelic form of MCELLIGOTT.
MCELLIGOTT Irish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Mac Uileagóid meaning "son of Uileagóid", a diminutive of UILLEAG.
MCIVER Irish, Scottish
Means "son of IVOR" in Irish.
MÖLLER Low German, Swedish
Low German and Swedish form of MÜLLER.
MONDAY (1) English
Derived from the Old Norse given name MUNDI.
NÆSS Norwegian
Variant of NESS.
NAESS Norwegian
Variant of NESS.
NASS Norwegian
Variant of NESS.
NESS English, Scottish, Norwegian
From English ness and Norwegian nes meaning "headland, promontory", of Old Norse origin, originally referring to a person who lived there.
NYBERG Swedish
From Swedish ny "new" and berg "mountain".
NYLUND Swedish
From Swedish ny "new" and lund "grove".
NYQUIST Swedish
From Swedish ny "new" and qvist "twig, branch".
NYSTRÖM Swedish
Ornamental name derived from Swedish ny "new" and ström "stream".
OLESEN Danish
Means "son of OLE".
OLIVER English, Catalan, German, French
Derived from the given name OLIVER.
OLIVERSEN Norwegian
Means "son of OLIVER".
OLIVERSON English
Means "son of OLIVER".
OLIVERSSON Swedish
Means "son of OLIVER".
OLIVIER French
Derived from the given name OLIVIER.
OLOFSDOTTER Swedish
Means "daughter of OLOF".
OLOFSSON Swedish
Means "son of OLOF".
OLSEN Danish
Means "son of OLE".
OLSON Swedish, Danish
Anglicized form of OLSSON or OLSEN.
OLSSON Swedish
Means "son of OLAF".
ÖLVIRSSON Icelandic
Means "son of ÖLVIR".
ÖMAN Swedish
From Swedish ö meaning "island" and man meaning "man".
OSBORNE English
Derived from the given name OSBORN.
OSBOURNE English
Derived from the given name OSBORN.
ÖSTBERG Swedish
From Swedish öst "east" and berg "mountain, hill".
ØSTBERG Norwegian
Norwegian form of ÖSTBERG.
ØSTER Danish
From Danish øst meaning "east", originally denoting a dweller on the eastern side of a place.
ØSTERGÅRD Danish
From Danish øst "east" and gård "enclosure, farm".
Ó SUAIRD Irish
Means "descendant of Suart" in Irish. Suart is derived from the Old Norse name SIGURD.
OVESEN Norwegian
Means "son of OVE".
RANDAL English
Derived from the given name RANDEL.
RANDALL English
Derived from the given name RANDEL.
RANDELL English
Derived from the given name RANDEL.
RAY English
Variant of REY (1), REY (2), RYE or WRAY.
ROLVSSON Norwegian
Means "son of ROLF".
ROSENBERG German, Swedish, Jewish
Means "rose mountain" in German and Swedish. As a Swedish and Jewish name it is ornamental.
ROWE (2) English
From the medieval name Row, which is either a variant of ROUL or short form of ROLAND.
SELBY English
From the name of a village that meant "willow farm" in Old English.
SEWARD (3) Irish
Anglicized form of Ó SUAIRD.
SHELBY English
Variant of SELBY.
SOLBERG Norwegian, Swedish
From a place name, derived from Old Norse sól "sun" and berg "mountain". As a Swedish name it may be ornamental.
SOWARDS English, Irish
Possibly a variant of SEWARD (1) or SEWARD (3).
STACK English
From a nickname for a big person, derived from Middle English stack "haystack", of Old Norse origin.
STACKS English
Variant of STACK.
STEENSEN Danish
Means "son of STEEN".
STEINSSON Icelandic
Means "son of STEINN".
STENBERG Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Derived from Scandinavian sten "stone" and berg "mountain". As a Swedish name it is ornamental.
STENDAHL Swedish
Ornamental name derived from Swedish sten "stone" and dahl "valley" (modern spelling dal).
STIGSSON Swedish
Means "son of STIG".
STRAND Norwegian, Swedish, Danish
From Old Norse strǫnd meaning "beach, sea shore". It was originally given to someone who lived on or near the sea.
SVÉD Hungarian
Means "Swedish" in Hungarian.
SVENDSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of SVEND".
SVENSSON Swedish
Means "son of SVEN".
SZWED Polish
Variant of SZWEDA.
SZWEDA Polish
Derived from Polish Szwed meaning "Swede, person from Sweden".
SZWEDKO Polish
Variant of SZWEDA.
TAFT English
Variant of TOFT.
THORBURN English, Scottish
Derived from the Old Norse given name ÞÓRBJǪRN.
THORN English, Danish
Originally applied to a person who lived in or near a thorn bush.
THORPE English
From Old Norse þorp meaning "village".
THORSEN Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of THOR".
THURSTAN English
Derived from the Old Norse name ÞÓRSTEINN.
TIFFT English
Variant of TOFT.
TOFT English
Denoted a person hailing from one of the many places in Britain of that name, derived from Old Norse topt meaning "homestead".
TROELSEN Danish
Means "son of TROELS".
ULFSSON Swedish
Means "son of ULF".
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".
WESTERBERG Swedish
Derived from Swedish väster "west" and berg "mountain".
WILLOUGHBY English
From the name of various English towns, derived from Old English wilig meaning "willow" and Old Norse býr "farm, settlement".
WINTER English, German, Swedish
From Old English winter or Old High German wintar meaning "winter". This was a nickname for a person with a cold personality.
WINTHER Danish, Swedish
Danish and Swedish variant of WINTER.
WRAGGE English
Derived from the Old Danish given name Wraghi, a variant of VRAGI.
WRAY English
Originally denoted someone who came from any of the various places of this name in northern England, from Old Norse vrá meaning "corner, nook".