Norwegian Submitted Surnames
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Derived from aa
, an obsolete spelling of Norwegian å
"small river, stream".
AABY Norwegian, Danish
The surname Aaby is a habitational name from a place called Aaby or Åby, from å ‘river’ + Old Norse býr ‘farm’
The surname Aadland is a habitational name from a place called Ådland, from Old Norse Árland ‘land by the river’.
Combination of aa
, an obsolete spelling of Norwegian å
"small river, stream" and møte
The surname Aanenson is a patronymic from the personal name Ånund, from Old Norse Onundr which means and creates the combination of ‘ancestor’ + ‘victor’.
The surname Aarhus is a habitational name from any of 15 or so farms so named, from Old Norse á ‘river’ + hús ‘house’, ‘farmstead’.
Derived from Old Norse auðn
"wasteland, desolate place".
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]
Derived from Old Norse birki
"birch" and land
"farm, land". Birkeland is the name of a village and parish in western Norway. The parish got it's name from an old farm. The parish church was built on the same spot where the farm once was.
Derived from Old Norse býr
"farm, village, settlement" or búa
Name created from during immigration from Norway to the United States in either the late 19th or early 20th century meaning, "The farm with the big gate."
From the Norwegian word meaning "good/faithful hawk", probably the name of a falconer.
Habitational name from either of two farmsteads: Borsheim in Rogaland and Børsheim in Hordaland.
Habitational name from Bråten, a common farm name in southeastern Norway, derived from Old Norse broti ‘land cleared for cultivation by burning’.
Habitational name from any of various farms so called in eastern Norway, which may have originally derived their name from a river name meaning "roaring", "thundering".
Habitational name from any of several farms named Brevik, from Norwegian bred
"broad" and vik
CLEVELAND Norwegian (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of Norwegian Kleiveland
, habitational names from any of five farmsteads in Agder and Vestlandet named with Old Norse kleif
‘rocky ascent’ or klefi
‘closet’ (an allusion to a hollow land formation) + land
DALE Norwegian, Danish
Habitational name from any of the various farmsteads called Dale in Norway. Derived from Old Norse dalr
DRAG Norwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from any of several farms named Drag. The place name is related to Old Norse draga
"to pull" and originally denoted a place where boats were pulled along a river or across an isthmus.
ECKLAND Norwegian, Swedish
Probably a respelling either of a Norwegian habitational name from several farmsteads named with eik
"oak" + land
"land", or of a Swedish ornamental compound with the same elements.
Habitational name from any of various farms in southwestern Norway named Eikeland, from eiki meaning "oak", "oak grove" + land meaning "land".
Habitational name from a farmstead, of unexplained origin.
Habitational name from a farmstead so named in western Norway, from Old Norse eid meaning "isthmus" + nes meaning "headland", "promontory".
Habitational name from a farm in eastern Norway so named, from Old Norse ekra ‘meadow’, ‘field’.
Habitational name from any of various farmsteads, so named from Old Norse eng
"meadow" and land
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.
Habitational name from any of several farms named with Old Norse fit meaning "meadow".
Habitational name from any of several farms so named, especially in southeastern Norway, from the personal name Finnr, meaning ‘Finn’, ‘Lapp’ + stad (from Old Norse staðr ‘farmstead’, ‘dwelling’).
FISKE English, Norwegian
From the traditionally Norwegian habitational surname, from the Old Norse fiskr
"fish" and vin
"meadow". In England and Denmark it was a surname denoting someone who was a "fisherman" or earned their living from selling fish.
The name of a farm near Lygdal, Vest-Agder, Norway. The word, fivel, is the name of a plant with a flower that resembles a white cotton ball and this plant grows in abundance in the marshy land near the location of the farm.
Habitational name from a farmstead in Trøndelag, so named from a river name derived from a word meaning ‘hollow’, ‘gorge’.
FRAY English, French, Norwegian
Meaning "peace" or "brother," descended from the French term "Frere" in turn descended from the name of ancient Norse deity Frey, the deity of peace and prosperity.
Habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads named Haaland or Håland, in Agder and southwestern Norway, notably in the county of Rogaland. The farm name is from Old Norse Hávaland, from Old Norse hár meaning "high" + land meaning "farm".
Originates from a Farm name. Haugan comes from the Old Norse word haugr
which can be translatd to "hill" or "mound".
Habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads named Hauge, from the dative singular of Old Norse haugr
A combination of Norwegian hauk
, derived from Old Norse haukr
, "hawk" and bø
, derived from Old Norse bœr
, "farm". The meaning refers to hawks sitting abode; as on the roof of a barn.
The Old Norse name element -land
meaning "country, land" combined with either Old Norse hella
"flat rock" or hellir
"cave". ... [more]
HOLTER English, German, Norwegian
Derived from English holt
meaning "small wood". A topographic name for someone who lived near a small wooden area, as well as a habitational name from a place named with that element.
Habitational name from the many farmsteads in Norway named Hovda. Derived from Old Norse hófði
"rounded peak", itself derived from Old Norse hofuð
Habitational name from any of four farmsteads so named. The origin of their name is not certain; it may be a compound of is
"ice" and land
"land" or from Island
"Iceland" (the name of the country).
KANE Irish, Norwegian
From the anglicized Irish surname Cathan, meaning "warlike." In Norway, it's used as a noble name.
KJÆR Danish, Norwegian
Topographic name for someone living near a wetland. Derived from Old Norse kjarr
KOLDEN German, Norwegian
From Middle Low German kolt, kolde ‘cold’, a nickname for an unfriendly person; alternatively, it may be a habitational name, a shortened form of Koldenhof ‘cold farm’ in Mecklenburg (standardized form: Kaltenhof, a frequent place name in northern Germany, East Prussia, Bavaria, and Württemberg).Norwegian: habitational name from a farm called Kolden, from Old Norse kollr ‘rounded mountain top’.
LANDE French, Norwegian, Jewish
French: topographic name for someone living on a heath, lande
(from Gaulish landa
‘space’, ‘land’), or a habitational name from any of numerous minor places named La Lande from this word.... [more]
Derived from the elements lang
meaning "long" and land
meaning "land" or "farmstead".
Variant spelling of Li. Derived from Old Norse hlíð
"hillside, mountain slope".
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]
Habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads so called. Derived from Old Norse lykkja
Anni-Frid Lyngstad (b. 1945) is a Norwegian-born Swedish singer and former member of ABBA.
Modern form of Meðalbýr meaning "middle farm", a combination of Old Norse meðal
"middle" and býr
Habitational name from a farm name in Trøndelag, probably named with mose meaning "moss" + vin meaning "meadow".
Derived from Old Norse Myklibólstaðr
meaning "large farm". From mikill
"large" and bólstaðr
NORDAHL Norwegian, Swedish
The surname derives from a place name in Sunnmøre, Norway. Meaning from Old Norse norðr
''north'' and dalr
Means "deserted farm" in Norwegian. A combination of øde
"deserted, empty" and gård
Habitational name from any of several farmsteads in Rogaland and Hordaland named Odland, from Old Norse Árland, a compound of á ‘small river’ (or another first element of uncertain origin) + land ‘land’, ‘farm’.
Habitational name meaning "upper farm". Derived from Old Norse uppi
"upper" and garðr
"farm, yard". This was the name of several farmsteads in Norway. ... [more]
Habitational name from farmsteads in Norway named Østby or Austby. Derived from Old Norse aust
"east" and býr
An uncommon Norwegian surname of uncertain origin. It is most likely a locational name, derived from Norwegian øst
, 'east' and hagen
, 'enclosure'. ... [more]
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".
A treacherous person who sides with opposing forces, this meaning comes from Vidkun Quisling of Norway. He helped the Germans during the German rule of Norway in the 1940's. Original meaning "One from" (-ling) "Quislemark", (quis) A romanization of the place name of Kvislemark.
The name of people from the small town Rekdal in West-Norway. Former footballer Kjetil Rekdal (1968- ) is the most known person from there.
Habitational surname for any of the several farmsteads named Roe
, derived from the Old Norse ruð
Habitational name from the farmstead in Sogn named Røysum, from the dative plural of Old Norse reysi ‘heap of stones’.
Habitational name from any of forty or more farmsteads so named, especially on the west coast, from the dative case of Old Norse sandr meaning "sand", "sandy plain", "beach".
From the Old Norse habitational name Seljuland
, from selja
"willow" and land
Norwegian: habitational name from any of about fifteen farms so named, a variant of Seim
Habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads named Seter or Sæter.
SKELTON English, German, Norwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from places in Cumbria and Yorkshire, England, originally named with the same elements as Shelton
, but with a later change of ‘s’ to ‘sk’ under Scandinavian influence.
Habitational name from a common farm name, Sørli, composed of the elements sør ‘south’ + li ‘slope’, ‘hillside’.
Combination of Old Norse stafr
"pole" and vik
"bay". This was the name of a farmstead in Norway.
habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads, notably in eastern Norway, named Steinset, from either the noun stein ‘stone’ or the same word as a personal name + set ‘farmstead’.... [more]
STOLTENBERG German, Norwegian
Habitational name from places so called in Pomerania and Rhineland. A famous bearer is Jens Stoltenberg (b. 1959), Prime Minister of Norway 2000-2001 and 2005-2013.
Habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads, notably in northern Norway, so named from stor meaning "big" + mo meaning "moor", "heath".
Norwegian habitational name derived from Old Norse þveit
ULVESTAD Norwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from any of five farmsteads, most in western Norway, named from Old Norse ulfr
meaning ‘wolf’ + staðir
, plural of staðr
meaning ‘farmstead’, ‘dwelling’.
Habitational name from a place named with Old Norse undir
meaning "under" and berg
meaning "mountain, hill".
Værnes is a village in the municipality of Stjørdal in Nord-Trøndelag county in Mid-Norway. The original spelling of the village's name was Vannes and it is a combination of var
"calm, quiet" and nes
Habitational name from any of four farmsteads so named, from the plural of Old Norse viðr meaning "wood", "tree".
Habitational name from farmsteads named Ve, for example in Hordaland and Sogn, from Old Norse vé
Norwegian habitational name from any of several farmsteads, mainly in Hedmark, named with velte
A habitational name derived from farmsteads in Rogaland named Vagle, from the Old Norse vagl
meaning a '‘perch’' or '‘roost'’, referring to a high ridge between two lakes.
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