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
From a place called Aaby or Åby, from Old Norse á
"small river, stream" and býr
Derived 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
Derived from any of the farms so named, from Old Norse á
"river" and hús
Derived from Old Norse auðn
"wasteland, desolate place".
Norwegian habitation surname. Åsum/Aasum/Aasumb is a common place name in Scandinavia, generally referring to an ancient farm or homestead. Derived from Old Norse aas ‘hill’ + um ‘around’. Norwegian emigrants from the Åsum farm in the traditional district of Vinger (Hedmark, Norway) adopted the Anglicized spelling ‘Awsumb’ after arriving in North America in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
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.
From any of several farms named with Norwegian bjørk
"birch" and lund
Derived from Old Norse býr
"farm, village, settlement" or búa
Habitational name from the common farm name Bøen, simply meaning "the farm" (ultimately derived from Old Norse býr
"farm, village, settlement" and the definite article -en
BORSHEIM Norwegian (Rare)
Habitational name from either of two farmsteads in Norway: Borsheim in Rogaland and Børsheim in Hordaland. Borsheim is a combination of an unknown first element and Norwegian heim
"home", while Børsheim is a combination of Old Norse byrgi
"fence, enclosure" and heim
BRAGER Norwegian (Rare)
From the name of any of the various farmsteads in eastern Norway, which may have derived their name from a river name meaning "roaring", "thundering".
Derived from Old Norse broti
"land cleared for cultivation by burning". This was a common farm name in southeastern Norway.
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) and 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" (compare modern Norwegian dra
with the same meaning) and originally denoted a place where boats were pulled along a river or across an isthmus.
From the name of several farmsteads in Norway named with Norwegian eik
"oak" and land
EGNER Norwegian (Rare)
From the name of a farm in Norway, of unknown origin. A known bearer was Norwegian playwright Thorbjørn Egner (1912-1990).
ENGLAND Norwegian (Rare)
From the name of several farms in Norway, named with Old Norse eng
"meadow" and land
FETT Norwegian (Rare)
Derived from Old Norse fit
"land, shore". This was the name of several farmsteads in Norway.
Means "Finn's farmstead", from the given name Finn (2)
and Old Norse staðr
"farmstead, dwelling". This was the name of several farms in Norway.
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.
FIVELAND Norwegian (Rare)
From the name of a farm in Norway named with the word fivel
possibly meaning "cottongrass, bog cotton". This plant grows in abundance in the marshy land near the location of the farm.
Famous bearers include Norwegian footballers and relatives Tore Andre
, and Jostein
Flo of the Norwegian national team that upset Brazil twice in both a friendly in 1997 and a 1998 World Cup group match.
FLOBERG Swedish, Norwegian (Rare)
Of uncertain origin. Could possibly be combination of flo
, an unexplained element (but probably either ornamental or locational), and berg
"mountain", or a habitational name from a place so named.
From Old Norse fyrði
dative form of fjórðr
"fjord". This was the name of several farmsteads in Norway.
FORREN Norwegian (Rare)
Derived form the name of a farmstead in Norway named with a word meaning "hollow, gorge".
From Old Norse Hávaland
, derived from hár
"high" and land
"land, farm". This is the name of several farms in Norway.
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.
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]
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.
From the name of several farms in Norway. One family got their name from a farm in Ullensaker municipality in Akershus county. Another family got it name from a farm called Ljøstad
in Hedmark county.
MANUS Norwegian (Hispanicized)
Hispanicized variant of Magnussen
. This was the surname of Norwegian World War II resistance fighter Max Manus, whose father spent much of his life living in Hispanophone countries.
Modern form of Meðalbýr meaning "middle farm", a combination of Old Norse meðal
"middle" and býr
From Old Norse mork
"wood". This was the name of several farmsteads in Norway.
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
''dale'', ''valley''. In Sweden, this name is mostly ornamental, rather than habitaional.
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".
Latinization of a learned Hellenized translation of either Solvorn
, a placename in Luster (Sogn og Fjordane), or of Solnør
, a placename in Skodje/Ørskog (Møre og Romsdal), Norway. The surname itself is then derived from Greek para heliou
"near (or close by) the sun".
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".
In Norwegian, probably has some pre-Germanic elements (i.e. before approx. 200 CE). Other place-names in the area also has an element of pre-Germanic and unknown origins. It has been suggested that it derives from "Út-tún", meaning the hamlet or farmstead that is "out"
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
Taken from the farm Vanebu, spelled Vannebo in pre-1950 records. From the Norwegian words vann
, meaning water, and bo
, meaning to live or reside.
Invented by Sverre Kristian (then) Olsen and his brother Willy Anfinn (also then) Olsen. They thought Olsen was boring, and invented the new Vargeid.
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.