Danish Names

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Browse Danish Names

Here you can browse names which are used in Denmark. Not all of them are typical Danish names. For typical names see also the Statistics section below.

See also Danish Surnames

Danish Statistics

The most popular names in Denmark in 2017 were Ida and William. Find out more in the annual name statistics tables.

Danish Name Days

List Danish name days

Browse Ancient Names

Old Danish

Old Norse

Old Norse Origin

Danish Language


Ancient Nordic / Proto Norse

Evolved from Proto Germanic, this Indo-European language was spoken in Scandinavia from the first centuries AD until the 8th century. The writing system was the Elder Futhark.


Old Norse

This language was spoken during the Viking ages from about 700-1300 AD. The Old West Norse dialect was spoken in Iceland and Norway, the Old East Norse dialect was spoken in Sweden and Denmark, and there was a third dialect spoken on the Island Gotland: Old Gutnish. The writing system was the Younger Futhark.


Old Danish

Old Danish evolved from Old East Norse and was the medieval language spoken in Denmark (about 13th - 16th century AD). The writing system was the Latin alphabet.

Modern Danish

Modern Danish is spoken by about 6 million people in Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and the north of Germany. It evolved from Old Danish via Middle Danish to this modern North Germanic language.