Danish Names

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On Nordic Names you can find a huge amount of names used in the Scandinavian country of Denmark. We have collected and explained thousands of Danish given names for you here. To find your way through, have a look at the possibilities below!

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


Browse Ancient Names

Old Danish

Old Norse

Old Norse Origin

Danish Statistics

In this section you can find annual given name statistics starting in 1985. Before that, there are statistics for each decade starting in 1900.

The most popular names in Denmark in 2021 (January-June) were Alma and Oscar. Find out more in the annual name statistics tables.

All Ages

Have a look at the Top 20 Given Names in Denmark

Danish Name Days

Name days are not as popular in Denmark as in some of the other Nordic countries and the custom of celebrating one's name day is practically unknown in Denmark. That is why the traditional name days have not changed very much in recent years and you will find a lot of saints' names on the list which are not used as given names. Learn more about the Nordic name days here.

List of Danish name days

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.