The history of Danish last names is fascinating and full of interesting stories. Denmark has one of the oldest systems of surnames in the world, with records dating back to the 12th century. Prior to that time, people were simply known by their given name, or by a nickname.

The first recorded Danish surnames are those of noblemen and women, who began using them around the year 1100. By the late Middle Ages, most Danes had acquired a surname. The practice then spread to the peasantry, and by the 16th century it was quite common for all Danish families to have surnames.

There are three main types of Danish surnames: patronymic (based on one's father's name), matronymic (based on one's mother's name), and occupational. Many Danish surnames are patronymic, such as Andersen (son of Anders) and Hansen (son of Hans). Matronymic surnames are less common, but they do exist; some examples include Jensdatter (daughter of Jens) and Mortensen (son of Morten). Occupational surnames are also found in Denmark, often denoting an individual's trade or profession; examples include Smith and Baker.

Over time, many Danish surnames have undergone changes in spelling or meaning. This is due in part to the various dialects spoken throughout Denmark, as well as to the influence of other languages such as German and French.

Here is a list of Danish last surnames for better understanding.

Aabling Aachmann Aaen Aaes Aagaard Aakj Aalborg Aalling Aamand Aamann Aarup Abild
Abildgaard Abrahamsen Agergaard Agerskov Agger Aggerholm Ahlgreen Aistrup Albertsen Albrechtsen Algreen Alstrup Andersen Andreasen Andresen Ankerstjerne Antonsen Arboe Arendtsen Astorp Astrup Attermann Augustesen Augustsen Axelsen Bager Bagger Balslev Bastholm Bauer Bauer Bendixen Bendtsen Bengtsen Berthelsen Bidstrup
Bindslev Bisgaard Bitsch Bjerg Bjerre Bjerregaard Bjerring Bjerrum Blaabjerg Blicher Boer Boere Boesen Boisen Bojesen Bojsen Borregaard Borup Boserup Boysen Brandstrup Brinch Brix Broberg Brogaard Bruhn Bruus Bugge Bundgaard Buus Callesen Canute Caspersen Christensen Christensen Christiansen Christinsen Clemmensen Cnut Conradsen Dalgaard Damgaard Damsgaard Daugaard Degn Dinesen Ditlevsen Dollerup
Drachmann Drejer Dueholm Duus Dyhr Egdal Egedal Egelund Egholm Eiberg Ejstrup Elgaard Elholm Ellegaard Emborg Enevoldsen Engberg Erickson Erickson Eriksen Errebo Eskildsen Esmann Espersen Fisker Flindt Fog Foged Fogh Foldager Frandsen Frederiksen Fries Fries Friis Fugl Fuglsang Funch Gaard Gaarn Gabelgaard Gadegaard Gammelgaard Gotfredsen Gottlieb Graae Gravesen Guldager Guldhammer Haahr Haarup Hald Hansen Hansen Hanson Hanson Harboe Harvig Hasling Hastrup Haugaard Hauge Haulund Haurum Hechmann Hedegaard Hedelund Heegaard Hemmingsen Herand Herskind Hjerrild Holmegaard Hostrup Houmann Hovgaard Hovmand Hvid Hviid Hyldgaard Hyllested Hyttel Illemann Ingemann
Ingerslev Jacobsen Jacobsen Jacobson Jacobson Jahn Jahn Jakobsen Jansen Jansen Jansson Jansson Jensen Jensen Jeppesen Jepsen Jessen Jessen Joens Joensen

Last Names by Countries

Afghans Algerian Albanian Angolan Argentines Australian Austrian Azerbaijani Bangladeshi Belarusian Belgian Benin Bolivian Bosniak Brazilian British Bulgarian Burkinab Cambodian Cameroonian Canadian Chilean Chinese Colombian Croatian Czech Congolese Danish Dominican Republic Ecuadorian Egyptian Ethiopian Finn French Georgian German Ghanaian Greek Guatemalan Hungarian Indian Indonesian Iranian Iraqi Irish Israeli Italian Ivorian Japanese Kazakh Kenyan Latvian Lebanese Lithuanian Macedonian Malaysian Mexican Moroccan Mozambican Nepali Netherland Nigerian Norwegian Pakistani Peruvian Filipino Polish Portugese Romanian Russian Saudi Arabian Serbian Slovak Slovenes South African Spanish Sri Lankan Swedish Swiss Syrian Tanzanian Tunisian Turkish Ugandan Ukrainian US-American Uzbek Venezuelan Vietnamese Zambian Zimbabwean