Most common male names in Denmark 2020

As of January 2020, there were approximately 2.89 million men living in Denmark. Among these, 48 thousand men had the name Peter. It is also found in the variants Petar, Peder, Per and others. Peter was the most common male name in the country, while Jens and Michael came in second and third place.

 Female names 

The number of women in Denmark in 2020 amounted to approximately 2.92 million females. The most common name was Anne. In this year, around 45.2 thousand women bore the name. It originally derived from the name Hannah. In the ranking, it was followed by the names Kirsten and Mette.

Danish surnames

Most surnames in Denmark were created by using the patronymic tradition until hereditary surnames became mandatory in the 1820s. This was a common tradition in some of the Nordic countries. For Danish surnames, it meant to have the suffix -sen (son) or -datter (daughter) added to the father’s name. Due to the German influence, other names occurred for example from an occupation such as Møller (the operator of the mill), which was a common tradition for creating surnames in Germany. As of January 2020, Nielsen and Jensen were the most common Danish surnames.

Most common male names in Denmark as of January 2020

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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period

January 1, 2020

Special properties

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