Scandinavian 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.
usage
Nørup Danish
From the name of Danish villages named Nørup or Norup.
Norup Danish
Variant of Nørup.
Nyberg Swedish
From Swedish ny (Old Norse nýr) meaning "new" and berg meaning "mountain".
Nylund Swedish
From Swedish ny (Old Norse nýr) meaning "new" and lund (Old Norse lundr) meaning "grove".
Nyqvist Swedish
From Swedish ny (Old Norse nýr) meaning "new" and qvist (Old Norse kvistr) meaning "twig, branch".
Nyström Swedish
Ornamental name derived from Swedish ny (Old Norse nýr) meaning "new" and ström (Old Norse straumr) meaning "stream".
Olander Swedish
Denoted someone from the islands of Öland (eastern Sweden) or Åland (western Finland).
Olesen Danish
Means "son of Ole".
Oliversen Norwegian
Means "son of Oliver".
Oliversson Swedish
Means "son of Oliver".
Olofsdotter Swedish
Means "daughter of Olof".
Olofsson Swedish
Means "son of Olof".
Olsen Danish
Means "son of Ole".
Olsson Swedish
Means "son of Olaf".
Ölvirsson Icelandic
Means "son of Ölvir".
Öman Swedish
From Swedish ö (Old Norse ey) meaning "island" and man (Old Norse maðr) meaning "man".
Omdahl Norwegian
Denoted a person hailing from any one of a number of farms in Norway called either Åmdal or Omdal meaning "elm valley".
Östberg Swedish
From Swedish öst (Old Norse austr) meaning "east" and berg meaning "mountain".
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 meaning "east" and gård meaning "enclosure, farm".
Ottosen Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of Otto".
Ottosson Swedish
Means "son of Otto".
Ovesen Norwegian
Means "son of Ove".
Pallesen Danish
Means "son of Palle".
Patriksson Swedish
Means "son of Patrik".
Paulsen Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of Paul".
Pedersen Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of Peder".
Persson Swedish
Means "son of Per".
Petersen Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of Peter".
Petersson Swedish
Means "son of Peter".
Pettersen Norwegian
Means "son of Petter".
Pettersson Swedish
Means "son of Petter".
Pilkvist Swedish
From Swedish pil (Old Norse píli) meaning "willow" and qvist (Old Norse kvistr) meaning "twig, branch".
Poulsen Danish
Means "son of Poul".
Randrup Danish
From the name of homesteads in Denmark (in Viborg or Rebild municipalities).
Rapp 1 Swedish
From Swedish rapp meaning "quick, prompt", one of the names adopted by soldiers in the 17th century.
Rask Danish, Swedish
Means "energetic, quick, healthy" in Danish and Swedish.
Ravn Danish
Means "raven" in Danish, from Old Norse hrafn.
Reenberg Danish
Meaning unknown. The second element is probably from Old Norse berg "mountain" (modern Danish bjerg).
Riber Danish
Originally indicated a person from the county or town of Ribe in southwestern Denmark.
Robertsen Danish
Means "son of Robert".
Robertsson Swedish
Means "son of Robert".
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.
Rundström Swedish
Ornamental name derived from Swedish rund (from Latin rotundus) meaning "round" and ström (Old Norse straumr) meaning "stream".
Ruud Norwegian
Derived from Old Norse ruð meaning "clearing".
Samuelsson Swedish
Means "son of Samuel".
Sandberg Swedish, Norwegian, Jewish
From Swedish and Norwegian sand (Old Norse sandr) meaning "sand" and berg meaning "mountain" (or in the case of the Jewish surname, from the Yiddish or German cognates).
Sander German, Danish
Derived from the given name Alexander.
Sandström Swedish
From Swedish sand (Old Norse sandr) meaning "sand" and ström (Old Norse straumr) meaning "stream".
Silje Norwegian
Derived from the given name Silje.
Simonsson Swedish
Swedish form of Simonson.
Sjöberg Swedish
From Swedish sjö (Old Norse sær) meaning "lake, sea" and berg meaning "mountain".
Sjögren Swedish
From Swedish sjö (Old Norse sær) meaning "lake, sea" and gren (Old Norse grein) meaning "branch".
Skjeggestad Norwegian
From a place name, derived from Norwegian skjegg "beard" and stad "town, place".
Skov Danish
Topographic name meaning "forest, wood" in Danish, from Old Norse skógr.
Skovgaard Danish
From a place name, derived from Danish skov "forest, wood" and gård "farm, yard".
Söderberg Swedish
From Swedish söder (Old Norse suðr) meaning "south" and berg meaning "mountain".
Solberg Norwegian, Swedish
From a place name, derived from Old Norse sól meaning "sun" and berg meaning "mountain". As a Swedish name it may be ornamental.
Sörensen Swedish
Swedish form of Sørensen.
Sörensson Swedish
Swedish form of Sørensen.
Spillum Norwegian
Originally denoted a person from Spillum, Norway.
Steensen Danish
Means "son of Steen".
Stefansen Danish
Means "son of Stefan".
Stefansson Swedish
Means "son of Stefan".
Steffensen Danish
Means "son of Steffen".
Steinsson Icelandic
Means "son of Steinn".
Stenberg Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Derived from Scandinavian sten (Old Norse steinn) meaning "stone" and berg meaning "mountain". As a Swedish name it is ornamental.
Stendahl Swedish
Ornamental name derived from Swedish sten (Old Norse steinn) meaning "stone" and dal (Old Norse dalr) meaning "valley".
Stigsson Swedish
Means "son of Stig".
Storstrand Norwegian
Originally denoted someone from Storstrand farm in Norway, derived from stor meaning "big" and strand meaning "beach".
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.
Ström Swedish
Means "stream" in Swedish.
Strøm Norwegian, Danish
Means "stream" in Norwegian and Danish.
Sundberg Swedish
From Swedish sund meaning "strait" and berg meaning "mountain".
Sundén Swedish
From Swedish sund meaning "sound, strait".
Sundström Swedish
From Swedish sund meaning "strait" and ström (Old Norse straumr) meaning "stream".
Svendsen Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of Svend".
Svensen Norwegian
Means "son of Svend".
Svensson Swedish
Means "son of Sven".
Tennfjord Norwegian
Originally denoted a person from Tennfjord, Norway.
Thorn English, Danish
Originally applied to a person who lived in or near a thorn bush.
Thorsen Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of Thor".
Tjäder Swedish
Means "wood grouse" in Swedish.
Tómasson Icelandic
Means "son of Tómas".
Tomasson Swedish
Means "son of Tomas".
Troelsen Danish
Means "son of Troels".
Tveit Norwegian
Habitational name derived from Old Norse þveit meaning "clearing".
Ulfsson Swedish
Means "son of Ulf".
Vång Swedish
Swedish variant of Wang 3.
Vernersen Danish
Means "son of Verner".
Vestergaard Danish
From a place name, derived from Danish vest "west" and gård "farm, yard".
Victorsson Swedish
Means "son of Victor".
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".
Wang 3 German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From Old High German wang or Old Norse vangr meaning "grassy slope, meadow".
Westerberg Swedish
Derived from Swedish *väster (Old Norse vestr) meaning "west" and berg meaning "mountain".
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.
Wuopio Swedish
Meaning uncertain, possibly referred to a dweller in a narrow bay with steep shores.