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.
ABRAHAMSEN     Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of ABRAHAM".
ADAMSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of ADAM".
AKSELSEN     Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of AKSEL".
ALBERTSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of ALBERT".
ALEXANDERSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of ALEXANDER".
ANDERSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of ANDERS".
ANDREASEN     Danish
Means "son of ANDREAS".
ANDREASSEN     Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of ANDREAS".
ANKER     Dutch, Danish, Norwegian
Metonymic surname for a sailor, meaning "anchor" in Dutch, Danish and Norwegian.
ANTONISEN     Danish
Means "son of ANTON".
ANTONSEN     Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of ANTON".
AXELSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of AXEL".
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".
BENDTSEN     Danish
Means "son of BENDT".
BENTSEN     Danish
Means "son of BENT (1)".
BERG     German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From a Germanic word meaning "mountain".
BJARNESEN     Danish
Means "son of BJARNE".
BODILSEN     Danish
Means "son of BODIL".
BRAMS     Danish
Derived from the given name BRAM.
CARLSEN     Danish
Means "son of CARL".
Means "son of CARSTEN".
CHRISTIANSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of CHRISTIAN".
Means "son of CHRISTOFFER".
CLAUSEN     Danish
Means "son of CLAUS".
CLEMENSEN     Danish
Means "son of CLEMENS".
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'.
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".
DANIELSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of DANIEL".
DAVIDSEN     Danish
Means "son of DAVID".
ERIKSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of ERIK".
FALK     Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, German
From Old Norse falkr or Middle High German valke "falcon".
FELDT     German, Danish, Swedish
North German, Danish and Swedish variant of FELD.
FISKER     Danish
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.
Means "son of FREDERIK".
GIESE     German, Danish
Derived from a short form of the given name GISELBERT or other Germanic names beginning with the element gisil.
Means "son of GULBRAND" in Danish.
GUNNARSEN     Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of GUNNAR".
HALL     English, 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).
HANSEN (1)     Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Frisian
Means "son of HANS".
HANSEN (2)     Danish
Means "son of HANS".
Means "son of HENNING".
HENRIKSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of HENRIK".
HERMANSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian form of HERMANSON.
HJORT     Danish, Swedish
Danish and Swedish cognate of HART.
HOLGERSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of HOLGER".
HOLST     Danish, Low German, Dutch
Referred originally 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).
HOLT     Dutch, Danish, English, Norwegian
Means "a wood" or "grove" in Old English or German.
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.
HUMMEL (1)     German, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian
Derived from the given name HUMBERT.
HUMMEL (2)     German, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian
Nickname for a busy person (from the Germanic word hommel meaning "bee").
IBSEN     Danish
Means "son of IB".
ISAKSEN     Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of ISAK".
JACOBSEN     Danish
Means "son of JACOB".
JAKOBSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of JAKOB".
JENSEN     Danish
Means "son of JENS". This is the most common surname in Denmark.
JESPERSEN     Danish
Means "son of JESPER".
JOHANNESSEN     Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of JOHANNES".
JOHANSEN     Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of JOHAN".
JOHNSEN     Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of JOHAN".
JOKUMSEN     Danish
Means "son of JOKUM".
JONASEN     Danish
Means "son of JONAS (2)".
JØRGENSEN     Danish
Means "son of JØRGEN".
KARLSEN     Danish
Means "son of KARL".
Means "son of KARSTEN".
KASPERSEN     Danish
Means "son of KASPER".
KJELDSEN     Danish
Means "son of KJELD".
KLASSEN     Danish
Variant of KLAUSEN.
KLAUSEN     Danish
Means "son of KLAUS".
KNUDSEN     Danish
Means "son of KNUD".
Means "son of KRISTEN (1)".
KRISTIANSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of KRISTIAN".
LANG     German, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish and Norwegian cognate of LONG.
LANGE     German, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish and Norwegian cognate of LONG.
LARSEN     Danish
Means "son of LARS".
LAURITSEN     Danish
Means "son of LAURITS".
LORENZEN     Danish, Low German
Means "son of LORENS".
LUDVIGSEN     Danish
Means "son of LUDVIG".
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.
LYKKE     Danish
Means simply "happy".
MADSEN     Danish
Means "son of MADS".
MATHIASEN     Danish
Means "son of MATHIAS".
Means "son of MATTHIAS".
MIKKELSEN     Danish
Means "son of MIKKEL".
MØLLER     Danish
Danish form of MÜLLER.
MORTENSEN     Danish
Means "son of MORTEN".
NIELSEN     Danish
Means "son of NIELS (1)".
Means "son of NIKOLAJ".
NORDSKOV     Danish
Means "north woods".
NØRUP     Danish
Derived from the name of at least two different Danish villages.
NORUP     Danish
Variant of NØRUP.
OLESEN     Danish
Means "son of OLE".
OLSEN     Danish
Means "son of OLE".
OLSON     Swedish, Danish
Anglicized form of OLSSON or OLSEN.
ØSTER     Danish
Means "(dweller in the) eastern (side of a place)" from Danish øster meaning "eastern".
Variant of ØSTERGÅRD.
ØSTERGÅRD     Danish
Means "(dweller by or at the) eastern farm, enclosure" from Danish øster "eastern" and gård "enclosure, farm".
OTTOSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of OTTO".
PALLESEN     Danish
Means "son of PALLE".
PEDERSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of PEDER".
PETERSEN     Danish
Means "son of PETER".
POULSEN     Danish
Means "son of POUL".
PREBENSEN     Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of PREBEN".
RANDRUP     Danish
From the name of homesteads in Denmark (in Viborg or Rebild municipalities).
RASK     Danish
Means "healthy, energetic, speedy" in Danish.
RASKE     Danish, Dutch, German, Norwegian
Variant of RASK, used in Germany and the Netherlands.
RASMUSSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of RASMUS".
REENBERG     Danish
Meaning unknown.
RIBER     Danish
Originally indicated someone who came from the county or town of Ribe in southwest Denmark.
ROBERTSEN     Danish
Means "son of ROBERT".
SIMONSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of SIMON (1)".
SKOVGAARD     Danish
Means "dweller in a farm near the woods" from Danish skov "wood" and gård "farm".
SOLBERG     Danish, German, Norwegian, Swedish
From the Germanic elements sol "sun" combined with berg "mountain".
SØRENSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of SØREN".
SORENSON     Danish, Swedish
Anglicized form of SØRENSEN or SÖRENSSON.
STEENSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of STEEN".
STEFANSEN     Danish
Means "son of STEFAN".
Means "son of STEFFEN".
STENBERG     Danish, Swedish
Derived from Swedish sten "stone" and berg "mountain".
STENGER     Danish, German
Occupational name for a post maker, from German stange "pole".
STRAND     Danish, German, Norwegian, Swedish
From the Middle Low German word strand meaning "sea shore". It was originally given to someone who lived on or near the sea.
SVENDSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of SVEND".
THORN     English, Danish
Originally applied to a person who lived in or near a thorn bush.
THORSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of THOR".
TROELSEN     Danish
Means "son of TROELS".
VANG (1)     Norwegian, Danish
Variant of WANG (3).
VERNERSEN     Danish
Means "son of VERNER".
VINTER     Danish, 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".
WINTHER     Danish, Swedish
Danish and Swedish variant of WINTER.
WOLFF     German, Danish, Norwegian, Jewish
Variant of WOLF.
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