Names in Denmark – University of Copenhagen

Meanings of place-names


What is the origin of Danish place-names? See a selection of prominent Danish place-names and their origins in this interactive graphics.

Personal names


Names have been used for as long as we have any records. It simply seems to have been natural for human beings to give each other names – and this was also a uniquely human achievement.
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Common place-name types


How old are the different Danish place-names types? See a list of the most common place-name types and their meaning and date of formation.

Place-names


There is an abundance of place-names in Denmark. These have been coined in the course of a very long period – at the very least 1500-2000 years – and they cover territories, waters, settlements, cultivated areas, streets and roads, houses and shops, and many other things.
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