Danish Surnames

Danish names are used in the country of Denmark in northern Europe. See also about Scandinavian names.
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ABEL (1)English, French, Danish, Spanish
Derived from the given name ABEL.
ADAMSENDanish, Norwegian
Means "son of ADAM".
ANDREASENDanish
Means "son of ANDREAS".
ANKERDutch, Danish, Norwegian
Metonymic surname for a sailor, meaning "anchor" in Dutch, Danish and Norwegian.
ANTONISENDanish
Means "son of ANTON".
AXELSENDanish, Norwegian
Means "son of AXEL".
BAGERDanish
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".
BENDTSENDanish
Means "son of BENDT".
BENTSENDanish
Means "son of BENT (1)".
BERGGerman, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From a Germanic word meaning "mountain".
BJARNESENDanish
Means "son of BJARNE".
BODILSENDanish
Means "son of BODIL".
BRAMSDanish
Derived from the given name BRAM.
CARLSENDanish
Means "son of CARL".
CARSTENSENDanish
Means "son of CARSTEN".
CLAUSENDanish
Means "son of CLAUS".
CLEMENSENDanish
Means "son of CLEMENS".
DAHLNorwegian, 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'.
DALGAARDDanish
From Old Norse dalr meaning "valley" and garðr meaning "yard, farmstead".
DAMDutch, Danish
Means "dike, dam" in Dutch and Danish. In modern Danish it also means "pond".
DAVIDSENDanish
Means "son of DAVID".
ERIKSENDanish, Norwegian
Means "son of ERIK".
FALKSwedish, Danish, Norwegian, German
From Old Norse falkr or Middle High German valke "falcon".
FELDTGerman, Danish, Swedish
North German, Danish and Swedish variant of FELD.
FISKERDanish
Means "fisherman" in Danish.
FRANK (3)German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian
Name for a person from Franconia in Germany, so called because it was settled by the Frankish people.
GIESEGerman, Danish
Derived from a short form of the given name GISELBERT or other Germanic names beginning with the element gisil.
GULDBRANDSENDanish
Means "son of GULBRAND" in Danish.
HALLEnglish, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Means simply "hall", given to one who either lived in or worked in a hall (the house of a medieval noble).
HANSENDanish, Norwegian
Means "son of HANS".
HENNINGSENDanish
Means "son of HENNING".
HERMANSENDanish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian form of HERMANSON.
HJORTDanish, Swedish
Danish and Swedish cognate of HART.
HOLSTDanish, Low German, Dutch
Originally referred to a person from the region of HOLSTEIN between Germany and Denmark. A famous bearer of this name was the English composer Gustav Holst (1874-1934).
HOLTEnglish, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian
From Old English, Old Dutch and Old Norse holt meaning "forest".
HORNEnglish, 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.
IBSENDanish
Means "son of IB".
ISAKSENNorwegian, Danish
Means "son of ISAK".
JACOBSENDanish
Means "son of JACOB".
JENSENDanish
Means "son of JENS". This is the most common surname in Denmark.
JESPERSENDanish
Means "son of JESPER".
JOHNSENNorwegian, Danish
Means "son of JOHAN".
JOKUMSENDanish
Means "son of JOKUM".
JONASENDanish
Means "son of JONAS (2)".
JØRGENSENDanish
Means "son of JØRGEN".
KARLSENDanish
Means "son of KARL".
KARSTENSENDanish
Means "son of KARSTEN".
KASPERSENDanish
Means "son of KASPER".
KJELDSENDanish
Means "son of KJELD".
KLAUSENDanish
Means "son of KLAUS".
KNUDSENDanish
Means "son of KNUD".
LANGGerman, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish and Norwegian cognate of LONG.
LANGEGerman, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish and Norwegian cognate of LONG.
LARSENDanish
Means "son of LARS".
LAURITSENDanish
Means "son of LAURITS".
LUDVIGSENDanish
Means "son of LUDVIG".
LUNDDanish, 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.
LYKKEDanish
Means simply "happy".
MADSENDanish
Means "son of MADS".
MATHIASENDanish
Means "son of MATHIAS".
MATTHIASENDanish
Means "son of MATTHIAS".
MIKKELSENDanish
Means "son of MIKKEL".
MØLLERDanish
Danish form of MÜLLER.
MORTENSENDanish
Means "son of MORTEN".
NIELSENDanish
Means "son of NIELS (1)".
NIKOLAJSENDanish
Means "son of NIKOLAJ".
NORDSKOVDanish
Means "north woods".
NØRUPDanish
Derived from the name of at least two different Danish villages.
NORUPDanish
Variant of NØRUP.
OLESENDanish
Means "son of OLE".
OLSENDanish
Means "son of OLE".
OLSONSwedish, Danish
Anglicized form of OLSSON or OLSEN.
ØSTERDanish
Means "(dweller in the) eastern (side of a place)" from Danish øster meaning "eastern".
ØSTERGÅRDDanish
Means "(dweller by or at the) eastern farm, enclosure" from Danish øster "eastern" and gård "enclosure, farm".
OTTOSENDanish, Norwegian
Means "son of OTTO".
PALLESENDanish
Means "son of PALLE".
PETERSENDanish
Means "son of PETER".
POULSENDanish
Means "son of POUL".
RANDRUPDanish
From the name of homesteads in Denmark (in Viborg or Rebild municipalities).
RASKDanish
Means "healthy, energetic, speedy" in Danish.
RASKEDanish, Dutch, German, Norwegian
Variant of RASK, used in Germany and the Netherlands.
REENBERGDanish
Meaning unknown.
RIBERDanish
Originally indicated someone who came from the county or town of Ribe in southwest Denmark.
ROBERTSENDanish
Means "son of ROBERT".
SANDERGerman, Danish
Derived from the given name ALEXANDER.
SKOVGAARDDanish
From a place name, derived from Danish skov "wood, forest" and gård "farm, yard".
STEENSENDanish
Means "son of STEEN".
STEFANSENDanish
Means "son of STEFAN".
STEFFENSENDanish
Means "son of STEFFEN".
STENBERGSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Derived from Scandinavian sten "stone" and berg "mountain". As a Swedish name it is ornamental.
STRANDNorwegian, Swedish, Danish
From Old Norse strǫnd meaning "beach, sea shore". It was originally given to someone who lived on or near the sea.
THORNEnglish, Danish
Originally applied to a person who lived in or near a thorn bush.
THORSENDanish, Norwegian
Means "son of THOR".
TROELSENDanish
Means "son of TROELS".
VERNERSENDanish
Means "son of VERNER".
VINTERDanish, Norwegian, Swedish
Scandinavian variant of WINTER.
WANG (3)German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From Old High German wang or Old Norse vangr meaning "grassy slope, meadow".
WINTHERDanish, Swedish
Danish and Swedish variant of WINTER.
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