Last names are a simple way for us to learn about the family tree we stem from. Like Swedish and Finnish surnames, Norwegian last names fall under the umbrella of Scandinavian last names. Deriving from a previous naming system consisting of a person’s first name, patronymic name and address, Norway’s modern names still give an idea of where an ancestor came from or lived by.
In addition to its names, Norway has a culture that makes you want to explore more than its language. It’s a beautiful country that has both reindeer and a volcano. Did you know that the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo? It’s not just a pretty place. It was Norway that actually introduced salmon sushi to Japan and invented skiing. It also gave everyone the gift of cheese slicers.
We’ve composed a list of some popular Norwegian last names as beautiful as the country itself. We’ve also provided their nature-based and occupational meanings. If you’ve heard you have Scandinavian roots, keep your eye out to see if you can spot your last name on this list!
Meaning: The hill by the river.
Meaning: Rule or power.
Meaning: Temple or place or worship.
Meaning: Thornbush mountain.
Meaning: water land.
Meaning: Well or spring.
Meaning: Frighten, referring to a dangerous river.
Meaning: Inlet or narrow bay.
Meaning: Terrace or flat hill-top.
Meaning: Rim or edge.
Meaning: Log pile.
Meaning: Plowed field.
Meaning: Fall, likely referring to a tree feller.
Meaning: Oak tree or grove.
Meaning: River or farm.
Meaning: River or meeting.
Meaning: Stream, clearing, or river.
Meaning: Dam or pond.
Meaning: Deep valley.
Meaning: Fire or flame.
Meaning: Hill or mountain.
Meaning: To ferry or headland.
Meaning: Someone from a family of fisherman.
Meaning: Plain or terrace. Someone who lives on a farm.
Meaning: Hill, mountain, or spruce.
Meaning: Man with a helmet or mask, rud or field.
Meaning: Green or grove.
Meaning: Hollow or pit.
Meaning: Pasture or an enclosure.
Meaning: Someone who lived or worked in a hall or a manor or a house of a medieval noble.
Meaning: Mound or hill.
Meaning: Ice or land.
Meaning: The shining river or valley.
Meaning: Cold, berg, or mountain.
Meaning: Boulder, round or someone from the city of Kampen in Norway.
Meaning: Wedge, narrow bay, or inlet.
Meaning: Cliff or bluff.
Meaning: Rounded mountain top.
Meaning: Crossroads or sandy meadow.
Meaning: Small valley.
Meaning: Land inlet.
Meaning: Seagull or fiord or an inlet.
Meaning: Sand, gravel, farmstead, or homestead.
Meaning: Narrow passage or home.
Meaning: The lowest farm.
Meaning: Increased land, or someone from Okland or Aukland.
Meaning: Elm valley.
Meaning: To frighten.
Meaning: Nose or home.
Meaning: Rule or power.
Meaning: Ridge or bank.
Meaning: Clearing or valley.
Meaning: Willow, land, farm, or land.
Meaning: Beard, place, or town.
Meaning: Sun or mountain.
Meaning: Stone, berg, or mountain.
Meaning: Trail or path.
Meaning: Big or beach.
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