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Names in the entire population


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Key figures

For many years the surname Jensen has  been number one on the top-20 list of surnames most commonly used by the Danish population. For women the most commonly used first name is Anne and Peter for men.

The statistics are compiled on the basis of names of the total population living in Denmark as of 1 January.
The statistics are based on information about first names as well as surnames – i.e. not middle names. If your full name is, e.g. Dorthe Høst Larsen, you will be recorded under, respectively Dorthe and Larsen. Hyphenated surnames – e.g., Høst-Larsen – are considered as one surname.

The statistical data source is the Central Population Register (CPR).
The statistics on names of the total population are published annually in the middle of January.

Related statistics

For information about the most popular names for newborns go to The Barometer of Names

It is also possible to see how many Danes share a certain name


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