Danish Submitted Surnames

Danish names are used in the country of Denmark in northern Europe. See also about Scandinavian names.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Aaberg Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian cognate of Åberg.
Aaby Norwegian, Danish
From a place called Aaby or Åby, from Old Norse á "small river, stream" and býr "farm".
Abildgaard Danish
From Danish abildgård "apple garden".
Abildgård Danish (Rare)
Variant of Abildgaard, meaning "apple garden".
Achton Danish
A Graecised form of Jordløse meaning 'without land.'
Ahler German, Dutch, Danish
from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements adal ‘noble’ + hari,heri ‘army’.
Albinsen Danish, Norwegian
Means "Son of Albin".
Allansen Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of Allan".
Ankjær Danish
From a place name meaning 'water-hole with ducks.'
Aslansen Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of Aslan".
Bang Danish
Originally a nickname denoting a loud or brash person, from Old Danish bang "noise" (from Old Norse banga "to pound, hammer" of echoic origin). A literary bearer was Danish author Herman Bang (1857-1912).... [more]
Bay Danish, Norwegian (Rare)
Likely a reduced form of German Bayer.
Bendtsdatter Danish (Archaic), Norwegian (Archaic)
Strictly feminine patronymic for Bendt.
Berwald German, Swedish (Rare), Danish (Rare)
Originally derived from the given name Bernwald, composed of Old High German bern, bero "bear" and wald "ruler"... [more]
Birch English, German, Danish, Swedish (Rare)
From Middle High German birche, Old English birce, Old Danish birk, all meaning "birch". This was likely a topographic name for someone living by a birch tree or a birch forest... [more]
Bjørk Norwegian, Danish, Faroese
Norwegian, Danish and Faroese form of Björk.
Bohr Danish (Rare)
Variant of Bähr or Baar. A notable bearer was Danish physicist Niels Bohr (1885-1962).
Bolding Danish
Habitational name from a place so named in Jutland.
Bolt Danish, German
Variant of Boldt.
Bonde Swedish, Old Swedish, Danish
From Old Norse bóndi "farmer". Used as both a last name and a (rare) given name in Sweden (see Bonde for the given name and Bondesson as an example of a patronymic derived from this name)... [more]
Borberg Danish
Borberg is derived from the location Borbjerg in Western Jutland in Denmark.
Borresen Danish
The Danish surname Borresen has two origins. Boerresen is composed of -sen 'son' + the given name Boerre, the modern equivalent of Old Norse Byrgir 'the helper' (from proto-Indo-European root BHER- 'to carry, bear')... [more]
Borsten Swedish, Danish
Swedish and Danish form of Borstein.
Boye English, German, Dutch, Frisian, Danish
From the Germanic given names Boio or Bogo, which are of uncertain origin... [more]
Brahe Danish (Rare), Swedish (Rare)
Danish and Swedish noble family with roots in Scania and Halland, southern Sweden (both provinces belonged to Denmark when the family was founded). A notable bearer was Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601).
Branner Danish, German, English
Danish variant of BRANDER and German variant of BRANTNER.
Brink Low German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish
The Dutch and Low German meaning is "village green". In Danish and Swedish, the name is thought to be a borrowing of Middle Dutch brinc / brink, meaning "grassy edge" or perhaps "slope",, and the Danish word now means "where the water runs deep".
Brunsvig Danish, Jewish
Danish form of the German "Braunschweig", a German city.
Christer Swedish, Danish
From the given name Christer.
Conradi German, Danish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
Derived from a patronymic from the given name Konrad.
Crabb English, Scottish, German, Dutch, Danish
English and Scottish, from Middle English crabbe, Old English crabba ‘crab’ (the crustacean), a nickname for someone with a peculiar gait. English and Scottish from Middle English crabbe ‘crabapple (tree)’ (probably of Old Norse origin), hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a crabapple tree... [more]
Daae Literature, Norwegian, Danish (Rare), Swedish (Rare)
Norwegian surname, originating in Trondheim in the 17th century. Also a variant of Daa, the name of a Danish noble family which originated in Southern Jutland in the 14th century... [more]
Dahmer German, Danish
A northern German or Danish habitual name for someone from one of the many places named Dahme in Brandenburg, Holstein, Mecklenburg, or Silesia. A famous bearer of this name was Jeffrey Dahmer, serial killer (1960 - 1993).
Dalby English, Danish, Norwegian
From any of the locations call Dalby from the old Norse elements dalr "valley" and byr "farm, settlement" meaning "valley settlement". Used by one of the catholic martyrs of England Robert Dalby... [more]
Dale Norwegian, Danish
Habitational name from any of the various farmsteads called Dale in Norway. Derived from Old Norse dalr "valley".
Damgaard Danish
Danish name element gård "farmstead, yard" combined with prefix dam meaning "pond".
Damm German, Danish
Topographic name from Middle High German damm "dike".
Dan Romanian, Vietnamese, English, Danish
Ethnic name in various European languages (including Danish and English) meaning ‘Dane’. ... [more]
Danish Danish
Denoting someone from Denmark.
Daugaard Danish
Danish name element gård "farmstead, yard" combined with prefix dau of unknown origin. ... [more]
Deleuran French (Huguenot), Danish
Huguenot surname of unknown origin. This family emigrated to Denmark in the 16th century, and now most members of the family are Danish
Dolberg Danish, German
A name for a village in North Rine-Westphalia Germany.
Drost Dutch, German, Danish
Occupational name for a steward or head servant.
Emilsen Danish, Norwegian
Means "Son of Emil"
Enevoldsen Danish
Means "son of Enevold".
Enggaard Danish
Combination of Danish eng "meadow" and gård "farm, estate".
Engstrøm Norwegian, Danish
Norwegian and Danish form of Engström.
Ericsen Danish, Norwegian
Means 'Son of Eric'.
Eskesen Danish
Means “Son of Eske”.
Faaborg Danish
Habitational name from a place so called.
Falkenberg German, Danish, Swedish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from any of several places named from Old High German falk "falcon" and berg "mountain, hill".
Fey German, English, French, Danish
English: variant of Fay. ... [more]
Flodgaard Danish
Danish name element gård "farmstead, yard" combined with prefix flod meaning "river".
Gaard Danish, Norwegian
From Danish and Norwegian meaning "yard".
Gade Danish
Means "street" in Danish.
Gammelgaard Danish
Derived from Danish gammel meaning "old" and gård meaning "enclosure, farm".
Gjessing Norwegian, Danish (Rare)
Used in Norway and Denmark since the 1600s. Probably of German origin.
Goldberg German, Jewish, Danish
From German gold 'gold' and -berg, meaning 'gold-mountain'.
Gooderham Danish
It is derived from a personal name, originally "Gudormr", which has the rather unusual translation of "battle-snake".
Grimm English, German, Danish, Swedish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
From a nickname for a stern and forbidding individual, derived from the Old High German word grim "stern, severe". Or possibly from the given name Grímr derived from Old Norse gríma "mask, helmet"... [more]
Guldberg Danish
Derived from the name of Guldbjerg Parish on the island Funen, Denmark.
Hagemann German, Danish
Combination of Middle Low German hage "enclosure, hedge" and mann "man".
Hagen German, Dutch, Danish
from the ancient Germanic personal name Hagen a short form of various compound names formed with hag "enclosure protected place" as the first element.
Halla Danish
Derived from the Old Norse HALLR, which means 'flat stone, rock' or 'sloping, leaning to one side'... [more]
Hamberg German, Danish, Jewish
German, Danish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic) habitational name from any of several places named Hamberg. Jewish (Ashkenazic) variant of Hamburg.
Hammersmed Norwegian (Archaic, ?), Danish (Archaic, ?)
Occupational name for a blacksmith, from Danish & Norwegian hammer, 'hammer' and smed, 'smith'. See Hammersmith
Havn Danish, Faroese
It means "Harbour" in Danish.
Hee Danish, Norwegian, Dutch
A Danish habitational name from any of several places named from a word meaning ‘shining’ or ‘clear’, referencing a river.... [more]
Heide German, Jewish, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian
Variant of German Heid, and Dutch Vanderheide. Danish and Norwegian surname from various places called Heide all from the German elements heide, heidr, haith all meaning "heath"... [more]
Hein German, Dutch, Danish, Jewish
German, Dutch, Danish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from a short form of the Germanic personal name Heinrich.
Helmeier German, Dutch, Danish
Variant spelling of Helmeyer.
Helmeyer German, Dutch, Danish
From Hel in Norse mythology and Meyer meaning "higher, superior". It means ´blessed´ or ´holy´. The name is mostly found in Germany, but also in the Netherlands and some parts of Denmark.
Herlev Danish
Derived from the suburb of Herlev in Denmark.
Hinz German, Danish (Rare)
Derived from the given name Hinz, a diminutive of Heinrich.
Hjelm Swedish, Danish
From Swedish hjälm or Danish hjelm, both derived from Old Norse hjalmr "helmet".
Højgaard Danish, Faroese
Combination of Danish høj "high" and gård "farm, garden".
Holmstrøm Norwegian, Danish
Norwegian and Danish form of Holmström.
Høyer Danish
A surname relatively common in Denmark, derived from the Old Norse word haugr, meaning "mound, cairn, hill". Alternatively, meaning can be traced back to the old Germanic personal name Hucger, a compound consisting of hug- "heart, mind, spirit" and geirr "spear".
Hviid Danish
derived from hvid, meaning "white".
Jendre German (Anglicized, Rare), Czech (Anglicized, Rare), Slovak (Anglicized, Rare), Danish (Anglicized, Rare)
Jendre is an anglicized version of many surnames throughout Europe that start with 'Jendre'.... [more]
Jensdatter Norwegian, Danish
Strictly feminine patronymic of Jens.
Joansen Faroese, Danish
Means "son of Joen".
Joensen Faroese, Danish
Means "son of Joen".
Jonas Danish, German, Dutch, Norwegian
From the given name Jonas
Josefsen Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of Josef" in Danish and Norwegian.
Juel Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Alternate form of Juhl. This variant of the name can be traced back to the 14th century and is the name of a Danish noble family sometimes referred to as "Juel med stjernen" meaning "Juel with the star" in reference to their coat-of-arms, as a way to distinguish them from another Danish noble family - the Juul-family - who in turn are known as "Juul with the fleur-de-lis"... [more]
Juhl Danish, Norwegian (Rare), Low German
Likely originating as a nickname for people born around Christmas or who had a connection with that time of year, from the Old Norse jól, which was the name of the Nordic pagan midwinter festival, or modern Danish jul meaning "Christmas" (cf... [more]
Juncker German, Danish, French
Meaning "young nobleman" in German and Danish.
Juul Danish, Norwegian
Alternate form of Juhl. This variant of the name can be traced back to the 13th century as the name of a Danish noble family still alive today. The family is sometimes referred to as "Juul med liljen" meaning "Juul with the fleur-de-lis" in reference to their coat-of-arms, as a way to distinguish them from another Danish noble family - the Juel-family - who in turn are known as "Juel with the star"... [more]
Kamp German, Dutch, Danish
From the German element kamp (from Latin campus) "field".
Kierkegaard Danish
Means "farm near the church" from elements kirke meaning "church" and gaard meaning "farm." A famous bearer is Søren Aabye Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher.
Klintsen Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of Klint".
Koefoed Danish
Probably a Danish form of Dutch Koevoets. The name arrived on the Danish island Bornholm via Lübeck, Germany.
Køhler Danish
Danish form of Kohler.
Kris Danish
From the given name Kris.
Krog Norwegian, Danish
Habitational name from places named with krog "corner, bend".
Kurtsen Danish (Rare)
Means "son of Kurt".
Langhorn English, Danish, Dutch
Northern English: probably a habitational name from a minor place in Soulby, Cumbria, called Longthorn, from Old English lang ‘long’ + horn ‘projecting headland’, or a topographic name with the same meaning.... [more]
Larsdatter Norwegian, Danish
Strictly feminine patronymic for Lars.
Lassen Danish
Variant of Larsen.
Laudrup Danish
Possibly from the name of homesteads in Denmark, most likely derived from Old Norse laut meaning "barn", combined with the Danish suffix -drup (itself from Old Norse thorp) meaning "outlying farmstead, village, settlement"... [more]
Lemming Danish
Derived from any of the places in Denmark called Lemming where the first element lem "lamb" is combined with the suffix -ing denoting a place.
Linde German, Dutch, Jewish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Derived from Middle Hugh German, Dutch linde or Scandinavian lind "lime tree". Almost exclusively ornamental in Swedish, otherwise probably habitational. There are also a number of feminine names containing the element lind, for example Linda, Dietlinde and Gerlinde, and it's possible that the surname is derived from any of those names.
Lomholt Danish
From the name of a farm/estate in Vejlby Parish, Denmark.
Lyng Danish, Norwegian
Means "heather" in Norwegian and Danish.
Lynge Danish
From a town in Denmark named "Lynge".
Mæhle Norwegian, Danish (Rare)
Denoted someone from a farm in Norway named Mele, ultimately derived from Old Norse melr meaning "dune, sandbank, gravel bank". Alternatively taken from the name of a farm named Male whose name was derived from Old Norse mǫl "pebbles, gravel".
Malm Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish
Means "ore" in the Scandinavian languages.
Michaelsen Danish
Means "son of Michael".
Mørk Danish
Means "dark" in Danish.
Munch Danish, French, Norwegian (Rare)
Either a variant of Münch or Munk, both meaning "monk". A notable bearer was Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1863-1944), whose best known work is 'The Scream'.
Nansen Danish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
Patronymic name derived from an unknown given name.
Nelsen Danish
Means 'Son of Nels'.
Norgaard Danish
North "Nor" Farm "gaard"
Nørregaard Danish
An alternate spelling of Nørgaard. Literally meaning north farm in Danish.
Nørskov Danish
Means "northern forest" from the Danish nord "north" and skov "forest".
Nygaard Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian variant of Nygård.
Nyholm Swedish, Danish, Finland Swedish
Derived from Swedish and Danish ny "new" and holme "islet".
Nymann Danish
Danish form of Neumann.
Nystrøm Norwegian, Danish
Norwegian and Danish form of Nyström.
Obel Danish
Olesdatter Danish
Strictly feminine patronymic of Ole.
Ollison Danish (Americanized)
Americanized form of Olesen .
Olufsen Danish
Patronymic form of the Old Norse personal name "Anleifr", or "Oluf", which is composed of the elements "ans", god and "leifr", a relic.
Olufson Danish
Variant of Olufsen
Ørsted Danish
A notable bearer was Hans Christian Ørsted (1777-1851), a Danish physicist and chemist.
Overson Danish, Norwegian
Altered spelling of Oveson, itself a patronymic from the personal name Ove, a Danish form of the older Aghi, with a second element possibly meaning "spear".
Pelle Danish, German
From the personal name Pelle, a vernacular form of Peter.
Præst Danish
From Danish præst meaning "priest".
Pynt Danish
Danish ornamental name, meaning "decoration, ornament". It is mostly extinct in modern Denmark, though alternative form Pyndt is still seen, though rare.
Robinsen Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of Robin".
Romansen Danish, Norwegian
Means 'Son of Roman'.
Roos Estonian, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, German (Swiss), Low German
Means "rose" in Estonian and Dutch. Swedish and Danish variant of Ros, also meaning "rose". This could be a locational name for someone living near roses, an occupational name for someone who grew roses, or a nickname for someone with reddish skin.
Rosendahl Swedish, Danish, German
Swedish and Danish ornamental name meaning "rose valley" and German variant of Rosenthal, also meaning "rose valley".
Sand English, Scottish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German, Jewish
From the vocabulary word sand. As a Swedish and Jewish name, often ornamental. Otherwise topographic.
Scheving Icelandic, Danish (Rare)
From the name of the Danish town Skævinge whose name might be derived from Old Danish skap "something excavated".
Schou Danish
Topographic name for someone who lived by a small wood, from a Germanized form of Danish skov 'wood', 'forest', 'copse'.
Schrøder Danish
Danish from of Schröder.
Skau Norwegian, Danish
Ultimately derived from Old Norse skógr "forest".
Skoubye Danish (Americanized, Rare)
from the Danish Skovby (also pronounced SKO-bee), meaning "city by a forest" or "forest town"
Smed Danish, Swedish, Norwegian (Rare)
Scandinavian cognate of Smith.
Søgård Danish
Means "sea farm" indicating a farmstead near the sea or open water.
Søndergaard Danish
Habitational name from sønder "southern" and gård "enclosure", "farm".
Søndergård Danish
Means "southern farm."
Sørensdatter Danish, Norwegian
Strictly feminine patronymic of Søren.
Stahl German, Danish
Metonymic occupational name for a smith or armorer, from Middle High German stahel "steel, armor".
Stensgaard Danish
Means "stone farm" in Danish.
Stockholm Danish (Rare), English (American)
Danish variant of Stokholm. English usage could be a habitational name for someone from Stockholm, Sweden (see Stockholm), but this etymology does not apply to Scandinavian usage of the name.
Stokholm Danish, Norwegian (Rare)
Combination of Norwegian skyta "to shoot" (indicating a protruding piece of land like a cape or headland) and holme "islet".
Storgaard Danish
Combination of Danish stor "large, great" and gård "farm, estate".
Strom Norwegian (Anglicized), Danish (Anglicized), Swedish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Danish and Norwegian Strøm and Swedish Ström, all meaning "stream, current".
Stuhr German, Danish, German (Austrian)
A nickname for an inflexible, obstinate person.
Tescher German, Danish
Occupational name for a joiner or a variant of Tasch.
Theisen German, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish, and Norwegian: patronymic from a reduced form of the personal name Matthias or Mathies (see Matthew).
Thiessen German, Danish
Reduced form of the personal name Matthias or Mathies.
Torp Norwegian, Swedish, Danish
Scandinavian form of Thorpe.
Truelsen Danish, Norwegian (Rare)
Means "son of Truels" in Danish.
Tvilling Swedish (Rare), Danish (Rare)
Means "twin" in Swedish and Danish.
Villadsen Danish
Villadsen means "son of Villads".
Vingaard Danish
Means "vineyard" in Danish.
Vinther Danish
Danish variant of Winter.
Vollmer Danish
Danish Variant of Volkmar.
Volmer Danish
Variant of Vollmer.
Warming Danish
Probably originating near the town of Ribe in Southeast Denmark. It appears as both Warming and Varming.... [more]
Wendt German, Danish
Ethnic name for a Wend, Middle High German wind(e). The Wends (also known as Sorbians) once occupied a large area of northeastern Germany (extending as far west as Lüneburg, with an area called Wendland), and many German place names and surnames are of Wendish origin... [more]
Westergaard Danish
Danish variant of Westergård.
Wind English, German, Danish
Nickname for a swift runner, from Middle English wind "wind", Middle High German wint "wind", also "greyhound".