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The 100 most common surnames in Denmark - Page 2: Surnames 51-100

The 100 most common surnames

Surname list (no. 51-100) continued...

Rank Surname Origin / Meaning Occurrence
51. Carlsen Danish surname of patronymic origin deriving from the given name Carl. 7,025
52. Dahl Danish surname deriving from a topographic name for someone who lived in a low lying area (from ON dalr meaning valley). 7,853
53. Skov Danish surname deriving from a topographic name for someone who lived in or near a forest (literal meaning "forest"). 7,610
54. Søndergaard Danish surname deriving from a nickname for a person living on the farmstead named "Søndergaard" (literal meaning "the southern farmstead"). 7,981
55. Christoffersen Danish surname of patronymic origin deriving from the given name Christoffer. 6,382
56. Bertelsen Danish surname of patronymic origin deriving from the given name Bertel. 6,906
57. Bruun Danish surname deriving from a nickname (personal characteristic) for a person with brown hair or eyes. 6,536
58. Lassen Danish surname of patronymic origin deriving from the given name Las. 6,065
59. Gregersen Danish surname of patronymic origin deriving from the given name Gregers. 5,868
60. Bach Danish surname of topographic origin meaning hill (bakke) OR a nickname of German origin meaning stream 6,308
61. Friis Danish surname deriving from a regional name for someone of Frisian origin (most often from the Frisian areas in Schleswig). 5,862
62. Kjeldsen Danish surname of patronymic origin deriving from the given name Kjeld. 5,067
63. Johnsen Danish surname of patronymic origin deriving from the given name John. 5,166
64. Steffensen Danish surname of patronymic origin deriving from the given name Steffen. 4,887
65. Lauritsen Danish surname of patronymic origin deriving from the given name Laurits. 4,687
66. Krogh   5,208
67. Bech Danish surnames of topographic origin, 'bæk' meaning steam OR a nickname of German origin (short for backer) 5,114
68. Danielsen Danish surname of patronymic origin deriving from the given name Daniel. 4,686
69. Andresen Danish surname of patronymic origin deriving from the given name Andres. 4,476
70. Mathiesen Danish surname of patronymic origin deriving from the given name Mathies. 4,260
71. Toft Danish surname deriving from a topographic name for someone living near a "toft", an uncultivated area or enclosure on a farm (literal meaning "paddock/croft"). 4,744
72. Winther Danish surname deriving from a nickname (seasonal name) (literal meaning "winter"). 5,370
73. Ravn Danish surname deriving from a nickname (animal name) from the Old Norse name "raven". Originates from Rafn (ON) which also is a side form of the surname today. 4,692
74. Brandt   4,469
75. Dam Danish surname deriving from a topographic name for someone living near a "dam" (literal meaning "pond"). 4,251
76. Holst Danish surname deriving from a regional name for someone of Holstein origin. 4,317
77. Lind Danish surname deriving from an ornamental name for a lind meaning lime tree. 4,325
78. Mathiasen Danish surname of patronymic origin deriving from the given name Mathias. 3,704
79. Berg Danish surname deriving from a topographic name for someone who lived on or by a hill (from ON berg/bjarg, literal meaning mountain). 4,163
80. Overgaard Danish surname deriving from a nickname for a person living on the farmstead named "Overgaard". 4,119
81. Bak Danish surname of topographic origin meaning hill (bakke) 4,010
82. Nilsson Swedish surname of patronymic origin deriving from the given name Nils. 3,709
83. Schultz German surname deriving from a status name for a parish official performing certain judicial functions in the parish (from German Schultze). 3,745
84. Klausen Danish surname of patronymic origin deriving from the given name Klaus. 3,601
85. Kristoffersen Danish surname of patronymic origin deriving from the given name Kristoffersen. 3,560
86. Paulsen Danish surname of patronymic origin deriving from the given name Paul. 3,427
87. Schou Danish surname (germanized form of Skov) deriving from a topographic name for someone who lived in or near a forest (literal meaning "forest"). 3,853
88. Koch Surname of common Germanic origin deriving for an occupational name for a cook. 3,516
89. Thorsen Danish surname of patronymic origin deriving from the Old Norse given name Thor. 3,683
90. Hermansen Danish surname of patronymic origin deriving from the given name Herman. 3,467
91. Thygesen Danish surname of patronymic origin deriving from the given name Thyge. 3,580
92. Nygaard Danish surname deriving from a nickname for a person living on the farmstead named "Nygaard" (literal meaning "the new farmstead"). 4,037
93. Bang   3,709
94. Kruse Danish surname deriving from a nickname (personal characteristic) for a person with curly hair. 3,651
95. Karlsen Danish surname of patronymic origin deriving from the given name Karl. 3,381
96. Juhl Danish surname deriving from a seasonal name (literal meaning nowadays is "Christmas"), however the Danish name relates to a pre-Christian winter festival. Side forms are Juul and Juel 3,566
97. Villadsen Danish surname of patronymic origin deriving from the given name Villads. 3,388
98. Hedegaard Danish surname deriving from a nickname for a person living on the farmstead named "Hedegaard" (literal meaning "the farmstead by/on the heath"). 3,781
99. Lorenzen Danish surname of patronymic origin deriving from the given name Lorenz. 3,385
100. Damgaard Danish surname deriving from a nickname for a person living on the farmstead named "Damgaard" (literal meaning "the farmstead by the pond"). 3,887

A few numbers and facts...

  • 500,000

    ...Danes emigrated up to 1968, and of these about 70% departed for the USA. In the 1800's alone a vast majority of 90% went to the USA. Read more...

  • 261,065

    This many individuals, comprising of 4.6 percent of all Danes, carries the surname JENSEN followed by NIELSEN, HANSEN, PEDERSEN and ANDERSEN. Read more...

  • 1,000

    Of the 5,000 basic words in modern English, as many as 20 percent are so-called loan words from the Old Norse language (ON). Read more...

  • 1769

    This year the first Danish census was taken. The next censuses were taken in 1787 and 1801 and from 1834 onwards every 5-10 years. Read more...

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