Danish Submitted Surnames
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
AABY Norwegian, Danish
The surname Aaby is a habitational name from a place called Aaby or Åby, from å ‘river’ + Old Norse býr ‘farm’
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 English, French, Dutch, Scottish, German, Danish, Norwegian
English, French, and Dutch: nickname for someone with chestnut or auburn hair, from Middle English, Old French bay
, Middle Dutch bay
‘reddish brown’ (Latin badius
, used originally of horses).... [more]
BILDT Swedish, Danish
Bildt is a Danish-Swedish-Norwegian noble family originating from Jutland in Denmark and now domiciled in Bohus county in southwest Sweden. The Norwegian branch of the family died out in the beginning of the 18th century... [more]
BIRCH English, German, Danish, Swedish
Topographic name for someone who lived by a birch tree or in a birch wood, from a Germanic word meaning ‘birch’ (Old English birce
‘birch’, Middle High German birche
, Old Danish birk
Habitational name from a place so named in Jutland.
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]
BOYE English, German, Dutch, Frisian, Danish
From a Germanic personal name, Boio or Bogo, of uncertain origin. It may represent a variant of Bothe, with the regular Low German loss of the dental between vowels, but a cognate name appears to have existed in Old English, where this feature does not occur... [more]
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]
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).
DALE Norwegian, Danish
Habitational name from any of the various farmsteads called Dale in Norway. Derived from Old Norse dalr
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
FALKENBERG German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from any of several places, especially in eastern Germany and Bavaria, named from Old High German falk meaning "falcon" + berg meaning "mountain", "hill"; such place names are often associated with the presence of a castle, as falconry was a privilege of the nobility.
HAGEMANN German, Danish
1. German: topographic name for someone who lived by a hedge or enclosure, from Middle High German hac ‘enclosure’, ‘hedge’, Middle Low German hage + mann ‘man’. ... [more]
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
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.
HJELM Swedish, Danish
From Swedish hjälm
or Danish hjelm
, both derived from Old Norse hjalmr
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
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.
KJÆR Danish, Norwegian
Topographic name for someone living near a wetland. Derived from Old Norse kjarr
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]
LINDE German, Dutch, Jewish, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Topographic name for someone who lived by a conspicuous lime tree, from Middle High German, Dutch linde
, Scandinavian lind
. There are several places, especially in North Germany, named with this word... [more]
An alternate spelling of Nørgaard. Literally meaning north farm in Danish.
Means "northern forest" from the Danish nord
"north" and skov
Patronymic form of the Old Norse personal name "Anleifr", or "Oluf", which is composed of the elements "ans", god and "leifr", a relic.
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".
POST Low German, Danish, Dutch
Topographic name for someone who lived near a post or pole (Middle Low German, Middle Dutch post
, from Latin postis
), presumably one of some significance, e.g. serving as a landmark or boundary, or a habitational name from any of several places in northern Germany called Post, probably from this word.
Means "sea farm" indicating a farmstead near the sea or open water.
Habitational name from sønder
"southern" and gård
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]
WIND English, German, Danish
Nickname for a swift runner, from Middle English wind
"wind", Middle High German wint
"wind", also "greyhound".
WOLF English, German, Danish, Norwegian, Jewish, Scottish, Irish, Swedish, Dutch, Welsh, Flemish
From the Old English & German wulf
and other Germanic cognates, all meaning 'wolf, wild dog'. (Swedish, Norwegian & Danish ulv
, Scots wouf
, Yiddish volf
& Dutch wolf
WOLF English, Danish, German
From a short form of the various Germanic compound names with a first element wolf
"wolf", or a byname or nickname with this meaning. The wolf was native throughout the forests of Europe, including Britain, until comparatively recently... [more]