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| i  in 
| idiot  idiot 
| ifølge  according to 
| igår  yesterday 
| igjen  again 
| i hjel, slå  kill 
| ikke  not 
| ikke enda  not yet 
| ild  fire 
| imellom  between, among 
| imorgen  tomorrow 
| infeksjon  infection 
| ingen  none 
| inn  in 
| inne i  inside 
| innerst  renter, innermost 
| innflyttning  moving in 
| innhold  content 
| innsitter  renter 
| innsjø  lake 
| innvandring  immigration 
| intet  none 
| introduceret  introduced 
| Island  Iceland 
| islandsk  Icelandic 
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Revision as of 16:52, 9 April 2009

This Norwegian Word List contains Norwegian words with their English translations. The words included here are those that you are likely to find in genealogical sources. If the word you are looking for is not on this list, please consult a Norwegian-English dictionary. (See the "Additional Resources" section below.)

Norwegian is a Germanic language like Swedish, Danish, and Icelandic. There are two official dialects in Norway. Prior to 1915 most Norwegian records are in a language closer to written Danish than to modern Norwegian. You may also want to refer to the Danish Genealogical Word List.

Records published after 1915, such as family and local histories, are in modern Norwegian. Most differences between modern and old Norwegian are simply a matter of spelling. Carefully study the section below on spelling. This will help you find the words in this list.


Variant Forms of Words

In Norwegian, as in English, the forms of some words will vary according to how they are used in a sentence. Who—whose—whom or marry—marries— married are examples of words in English with variant forms. The endings of a word in a document may differ from those in this list. For example:

Mann man Kone wife
Mannen the man Kona the wife
Menn men Koner wives
Mennene the men Konene the wives

Alphabetical Order

Written Norwegian has three letters not found in the English alphabet: Æ (æ), Ø (ø), and Å (å). In most record sources prior to 1915, Å (å) is written as Aa (aa) and filed at the beginning of the alphabet. Modern Norwegian dictionaries, indexes, the Locality section of the Family History Library Catalog, and this word list use the following alphabetical order:

a  b  c  d  e  f  g  h  i  j  k  l  m  n  o  p  q  r  s  t  u  v  w  x  y  z  æ  ø  å

A through C


Norwegian English


absolvere to give absolution
adel nobility
adelig noble
adelsmann nobleman
adoptert adopted
adresse address
aften evening
alder age
alderdomssvakhet weakness of old age
aldri never
alle all
alltid always
almisse charity
almisselem indigent, poor
altergang Communion
amt county
amtmann chief county administrator
andre others, other, next
anetavle pedigree chart
anfall seizure, attack
anførte entered, mentioned
ankomst arrival
anmerkning remark, notice, note
annen, annet second, another
annen gang second time
anno (Latin) year
annonsere publish, announce
antall number, count
april April
arbeider laborer
arkiv archive
arv inheritance
arvelodd share of inheritance
arving heir
astma asthma
at that
atten eighteen
attende eighteenth
attest certificate
august August
av of, at, by, from
avdeling part, division
avdød deceased
avgangen departed
avgift duty (monetary), fee
avkom offspring, issue
avtale agreement


bakbygning back building (additional residence behind the main building)
baker baker
bakke hill
bannlyse excommunicate
baptist Baptist
bar carried
bar barnet held child (at baptism font)
bare only
barn child
barna children
barndom childhood
barnebarn grandchild
barnedåp child baptism
barnefar child’s father
barnløs childless
barsel birth
barselfeber childbed fever
barselseng birthing bed
be pray, request
beboer occupant, resident
bededag prayer day
bedrive hor commit adultery
befolkning population, people
begge both
begivenhet event, occurrence
begravelse funeral, burial
begravet buried
behandle handle, treat, manage
bemerkning remark
ben leg, bone
benekte deny
benåde pardon
beruset drunk
besetning livestock, crew
beskrivelse description
beslektet related
bestefar grandfather
besteforeldre grandparents
bestemor grandmother
besvangre impregnate, get with child, make pregnant
betale pay
betler beggar
bevilge grant
bevis proof
bibliotek library
bind volume (book)
biografi biography
biskop bishop
bispedømme diocese
bli become
blikkenslager tinsmith
blind blind
blod blood
blodgang dysentery
blodskam incest
blodsott abnormal loss of blood during illness
bo to live at
bodde lived
bok book
bokhandler bookseller
bokholder, bokfører bookkeeper
bokstav letter, character
bolig residence, house
bonde farmer
bopel residence, domicile
borger citizen
borgermester mayor
borgerskap citizenship
bot fine, penalty
brann fire
brennevinsbrenner distiller of spirits
brev letter (correspondence)
bro bridge
bror brother
brordatter brother’s daughter
brorsønn brother’s son
brud bride
brudgom bridegroom
bruk farm, use
brygger brewer
bryllup wedding
budeie milkmaid
buskap livestock, crew
by town, city
bygd small country community, village
bygdebok rural chronicles
bygsel lease
byll abscess
byllepest plague (bubonic)
bære carry
bøkker cooper, barrel maker
både both, either
båret carried
båt boat, ship
båtbygger shipbuilder
båtsmann boatswain, bosun


cirka approximately
communion Communion
confirmerede confirmed
copulerede marriage

D through F

dag day
dagen før the previous day
dagsarbeider day laborer
dal valley
Danmark Denmark
dannekvinde gentlewoman
dannemand gentleman
dansk Danish
dato date (noun)
datter daughter
datterdatter daughter’s daughter
dattersønn daughter’s son
datum (Latin) date
dele to divide, to share
dem them, they
den the, it, that
denne this
der there
deres their
derfor therefore
desember December
det it, that, the
difteri diphtheria
din your
disse these
diverse various
dokument document
domkirke cathedral
dommer judge
dragon dragoon, light cavalryman
dreng boy
drengebarn male child
drepe kill
dronning queen
druknet drowned
dydig virtuous
to die
døbt(e) christening
død dead, death
døde died, death
dødfødt stillborn
dødsfall death
døgn 24-hour period of time
døpt baptized, christened
døtre daughters
døv deaf
døvstum deaf and dumb
dåp baptism
dåpsattest certificate of baptism
dåpsdag day of baptism
efter after
efterkommer descendant
efterlatte surviving, survivors
efterlevende surviving
eftermiddag afternoon
efternavn surname, last name
egen own
egentlig actual
egteviede marriage
eie, eje to own
eiendom property, real estate
ekte legitimate, to marry
ektefelle spouse
ektemann husband
ektepar married couple
ekteskap marriage
ekteskapelig marital, conjugal
ekteviet married
eldre older
eldst oldest, eldest
elev student
eller or, or else
elleve eleven
ellevte eleventh
elv river, stream
embete public office
embetsmann public official
emigrant emigrant
emigrere emigrate
en, et a, one
enebarn only child
engelsk English
England England
enhver each
enke widow
enkemann widower
enkestand widowed
ennu yet, still
epilepsi epilepsy
er is, are
erhverv livelihood
erkjenne acknowledge
et a, one
etasje floor, story
etc. (Latin) et cetera, and so on
etternavn surname, last
evne intelligence
fabrikk factory
faddere christening witnesses, godparents
fallesyke epilepsy
falt fall, be killed in war
familie family
familie historie lineage books
far father
farfar paternal grandfather
farger dyer
farmor paternal grandmother
farsot pestilence, plague
fartøy vessel, craft
fattig poor
fattigvesnet welfare agency
februar February
felles common, joint
fem five
femte fifth
femten fifteen
femtende fifteenth
femti fifty
femtiende fiftieth
fengsel prison
festeseddet rental contract
festning fortress
fetter cousin (male)
Finnland Finland
finsk Finnish
fire four
fisker fisherman
fjell mountain
fjerde fourth
fjorten fourteen
fjortende fourteenth
flere several, more
flittig diligent
flytte move
foged, fogd bailiff, sheriff
folio page (double)
folk people
folkemengde population
folkeregister citizen register, national register
folketelling census
for for, at, before, by
foran in front of
forblødning bled to death
foreldre parents
foreldreløs orphan
forening society
forfedre ancestors, forefathers
forhenværende former, previous, preceding
forhus house in front (usually the main house on a farm)
forkjølet to have a cold
forklaring explanation
forlate leave, forgive
forlovelse engagement
forlovere marriage witnesses
formiddag between morning and afternoon
formynder guardian
fornavn first name, given name
forpakter manager of estate
forrige former
forstand intellect, mind
forstoppelse constipation, obstruction
forsørges is supported
fortelle tell, relate
fortid past
forvalter manager
foster fetus
fosterbarn foster child
fostre foster, to rear
fra from
fraflytte leave, move away
fraværende absent
fredag Friday
fremmed foreign, foreigner
fremtid future
fru Mrs.
fruentimmer unmarried mother, female person (derogatory)
fruktsommelig pregnant
frøken Miss
full full, complete, drunk
fullmektig head clerk, agent
fylke county
fyr lighthouse
fæstebrev to acquire land
føderåd support received after giving one’s estate to another
føderådskone woman on føderåd
føderådsmann man on føderåd
fødested birthplace
fødsel birth
fødselsattest birth certificate
fødselsdag birthday
født(e) born (birth)
følgende following, next
føllaug retired
før before
første first
førti forty
førtiende fortieth
får sheep, receives


G through I


J through L


januar                               January
jeg                                    I
jeger                                 light infantry soldier, hunter
jomfru                               damsel, Miss, virgin
jordbruk                            farming
jordet                                burial
jordmor                             midwife
jordpåkastelse                  ceremony of sprinkling earth on the coffin
jul                                     Christmas
juli                                    July
juni                                   June
jurist                                  lawyer 



kallet                                named
kanskje                             maybe, perhaps
karet                                 coach
kart                                   map
katolsk                              Catholic
kavaleri                            cavalry
kemmer                            peddler
kikhoste                            whooping cough
kirke                                 church
kirkebok                           parish register
kirkegård                          cemetery, churchyard
kirkeværge                       church warden
kiste                                  chest, coffin
kjent                                 known
kjønn                                sex
kjøpe                                buy
kjøpmann                         merchant
klokker                             sexton, parish clerk, bell ringer, deacon
kloster                              convent, monastery
kokarde                            insignia
kolikk                               colic
kommune                        municipality, township
kone                                wife
konfirmasjon                    confirmation
konge                               king
kongedømme                   kingdom
kongelig                           royal
kontor                              office
kopper                             smallpox, copper
kort                                  short, card
kort                                  register card index
krampe                            convulsions, spasm
kreft                                 cancer
krig                                  war
ku                                    cow
kun                                  only
kunngjøre                        declare
kunnskap                         knowledge
kusine                              cousin (female)
kusk                                 coachman, teamster
kveg                                cattle
kvele                               choke
kvell                                evening
kvinne                             woman
kvinnekjønn                     female
kyllinger                          chickens
kår                                   support received after giving one’s estate to another
kårkone                           woman who receives kår
kårmann                         man who receives kår


la                                     let, allow
lagrettemann                   court member
land                                 country
landsby                            village
langfredag                      Good Friday
laugverge                       widow’s guardian or spokesman
legd                                welfare, military levying district
legdslem                         welfare recipient
leie                                  hire, rent
leier                                 tenant
leilending                        leaseholder
lejermål                           illicit and punishable intercourse
lenge                               long
lensmann                        sheriff
lese                                  read
leve                                  live
levende                            live, living
lignende                           same, alike, similar
lik                                     corpse, alike
likeledes                          also, as well
lille                                  small
lite (litt)                            little
liten                                 little, small
liv                                    life
los                                   pilot (ship)
losjerende                       boarder, lodger
lov                                   law
lovlig                               legal
lungebetendelse             pneumonia
luteraner                         Lutheran
lysning                            post banns
lysninger                         banns
læregutt                          apprentice
lærer                               teacher (male)
lærerinne                        teacher (female)
lærling                            apprentice
løpenummer                   serial number
lørdag                             Saturday
løsaktig                           loose or immoral woman
løsarbeider                     day laborer 

M through O


magesyke                         diarrhea, stomach ailment
mai                                   May
maler                                painter
mandag                            Monday
mange                              many
mann                                man, husband
mannkjønn                       male
mark                                 field
mars                                 March
matrikkel                          land registration
matros                              sailor
med                                  with
medhjelper                      assistant, helper
medlem                           member
med videre                       (Latin) et cetera, and so on
meg                                 me
mellom                            middle
mellombygning               middle building
men                                  but
mer                                  more, additional
meslinger                        measles
messingsmed                   brazier, brass smith
mester                              master (of a trade)
midlertidig                        temporarily
midnatt                            midnight
mil metric                        mile (ten kilometers)
militær                             military
min mine                          (belongs to me)
mindre                              lesser
minearbeider                   miner
minste                               smallest, youngest
minutt                               minute
modig                               courageous, brave
mor                                  mother
mord                                murder
morfar                              maternal grandfather
morgen                            morning
mormor                            maternal grandmother
motta                                receive
murer                               mason
musiker                            musician
m.v. (Latin)                       See med videre
myndig                             of age
møbelsnekker                   furniture maker
møller                              miller
måned                             month


nabo                                 neighbor
nadverd                            Communion, sacrament
natt                                   night
navn                                 name
nedbrent                          burned down
nei                                    no
neste                                next, neighbor
neste år                            next year
nevø                                 nephew
ni                                     nine
niende                             ninth
niese                               niece
nitten                               nineteen
nittende                           nineteenth
nitti                                  ninety
nittiende                          ninetieth
noen                                some, any
nord                                north
november                        November
nu, nå                              now
nulevende                       living
null                                  zero
nummer                          number
ny                                    new
nyfødt                              newborn
nylig                                lately
nyttår                              new year
nær                                 near, close
næringsvei                      livelihood, trade
nå, nu                             now
når                                  when, if, reach


odel                                 birthright or allodial ownership
ofte                                  often
og                                    and
oktober                            October
oldebarn                          great-grandchild
oldefar                             great-grandfather
oldeforeldre                    great-grandparents
oldemor                          great-grandmother
om                                   if, about
omegn                            neighboring places
omtrent                           about, almost, nearly
omvendelse                    conversion
onkel                              uncle
onsdag                           Wednesday
opp                                 up
oppe                               above, upstairs
oppfostre                        foster, to rear
oppholdsted                   residence
opptegnelse                   record
ordbok                            dictionary
ordfører                          mayor
oss                                  us
osv.                                et cetera, and so on
over                               over
overlevende                  survivors
overtredelse                  transgression

P through S


pagina (Latin)                   page
pallask                              sword
pantebok                          mortgage record
parsell                              plot of land, allotment
parykkmaker                    wigmaker
penger                             money
pensjon                            pension
pensjonist                         retired person
person                              person
pest                                  plague
pike (pige)                        girl, maid
pikebarn                           female child
pikenavn                          maiden name, girl’s name
pinse                                Pentecost
pleiebarn                         foster child
pleiedatter                       foster daughter
pleiefar                            foster father
pleieforeldre                    foster parents
pleiemor                          foster mother
pleiesønn                         foster son
pottemaker                      potter
preke                               preach
prest                                minister, priest
prestegjeld                       clerical district
prestekontor                     parish office
prins                                 prince
prinsesse                          princess
på                                    on, at, upon
påske                               Easter


register                             index, register
regjering                          government
regning                            bill
regnskap                          account
reise                                 travel
religion                             religion
repslager                          rope maker
rett                                    court (noun), correct
rettferdig                           just, righteous
ridder                                knight
rik                                     wealthy
riktig                                 correct
rundt                                 around
rytter                                 cavalryman
rådmann                           councilman


sa                                      said, stated
sabbat                               Sabbath
sakrament                         sacrament
salig                                  deceased, holy, blessed
salmaker                           saddler
samfunn                            society
samleie                             intercourse
samme                              same
samme dag                       the same day
sammen                            together
sammesteds                      in the same place
samtlige                            all
samtykke                           consent
sau                                    sheep
seg                                    oneself
seks                                   six
seksten                              sixteen
sekstende                          sixteenth
seksti                                 sixty
sekstiende                         sixtieth
selv                                   self
selveier                             owner, freeholder
selvmord                           suicide
senere                               later
seng                                  bed
sengeliggende                  bedridden
separeret                          separated
september                        September
side                                  page, side
sidehus                             side house
siden                                since, later
sin, sitt, sine                     his, hers, its
sinnsvak                           insane, retarded
sinnsyk                             mentally ill
siste                                  last, latter
siste olje                           last rites
sjette                                sixth
sju (syv)                            seven
sjuende (syvende)            seventh
sjø                                    sea, lake
sjømann                           sailor, seaman
skaberak                          elaborate horse blanket
skal                                  shall, must
skarlagensfeber               scarlet fever
skatt                                 tax
skibsfører                         ship’s captain
skifte                                probate
skifteprotokoll                  probate record book
skifteretten                       probate court
skilsmisse                         divorce
skilt                                  divorced
skiløper                            infantry soldier on skis, skier
skjedde                            happened
skjøte                               deed (property)
skog                                 forest
skole                                school
skomaker                         shoemaker
skredder                           tailor
skriver                              scribe
skulle                               should
slag                                  strike, blow, stroke
slakter                              butcher
slekt                                 relatives, family, lineage
slektninger                       relatives
slektsforskning                 genealogy
slektshistorie                    family history, lineage books
slektsvåpen                      coat of arms
slå                                    ihjel kill
smed                                smith
snart                                 soon
snekker                            cabinetmaker, carpenter
sogn                                 parish
soldat                               soldier
sorenskriver                     magistrate, probate judge
sort                                   black
spebarn                            infant, baby
spillemann                       musician, fiddler
stabbur                             storehouse on pillars
stamtavle                          descendancy chart
stand                                 social position
stebarn                              stepchild
stebror                               stepbrother
sted                                    place
stedatter                             stepdaughter
stefar                                  stepfather
steinhogger                        stonecutter
stemor                                stepmother
stesønn                               stepson
stilling                                status, position, office
stor                                     large
straff                                   punishment
straks                                  right away, immediately
stum                                   mute (can’t speak)
summa                               (Latin) totals
summarisk                         statistical, summary
svak                                   weak
svakhet                              weakness
svart                                  black
svenn                                 journeyman
svensk                               Swedish
Sverige                             Sweden
svigerdatter                      daughter-in-law
svigerfar                            father-in-law
svigerinne                         sister-in-law
svigermor                         mother-in-law
svigersønn                       son-in-law
svoger                             brother-in-law
svulst                               tumor
syd                                  south
sydlig                              southern
syerske                           seamstress
syk                                  sick
sykdom                           disease
sypike                             seamstress
sytten                              seventeen
syttende                          seventeenth
sytti                                 seventy
syttiende                         seventieth
syv (sju)                           seven
syvende (sjuende)           seventh
sølv                                 silver
søndag                            Sunday
sønn                                son
sønnedatter                     son’s daughter
sønnesøn                         son’s son
sør                                  south
søsken                            siblings
søster                              sister
søstersønn                      sister’s son
så saw (see),                   so, if so, sow (seed)
sådan                              such
således                           thus, in this or that

T through V


tak                                    roof
takk                                  thank you
takksigelse                       thanksgiving
tall                                   number, count
tambur                             drummer (soldier)
tante                                aunt
testamente                       last will
ti                                       ten
tid                                     time
tidlig                                 early
tidsperiode                       period of time
tidsskrift                            periodical
tiende                               tenth, tithing
tigger                               beggar
til                                      to, until, for
tillatelse                           dispensation, permission
time                                 hour
tippoldefar                       great-great-grandfather
tippoldemor                     great-great-grandmother
tirsdag                              Tuesday
tittel                                  title
tjene                                 serve, work
tjeneste                            service
tjenestedreng                   servant, employee, male
tjenestepige                     servant, employee, female
tjue (tyve)                         twenty
tjueannen                         twenty-second
tjueen                               twenty-one
tjuefem                             twenty-five
tjuefire                              twenty-four
tjuefjerde                          twenty-fourth
tjueførste                          twenty-first
tjuende (tyvende)             twentieth
tjueni(ende)                      twenty-nine (twenty-ninth)
tjueseks                            twenty-six
tjuesjette                          twenty-sixth
tjuesju(ende)                    twenty-seven(th)
tjuetemte                          twenty-fifth
tjueto                                twenty-two
tjuetre(dje)                        twenty-three (twenty-third)
tjueåtte(nde)                     twenty-eight (twenty-eighth)
to                                      two
tohundre                           two hundred
tollbetjent                         customs officer
tolv                                   twelve
tolvte                                twelfth
torsdag                             Thursday
tre                                     three
tredevte (trettiende)          thirtieth
tredje                                third
tredve (tretti)                     thirty
tretten(de)                         thirteen (thirteenth)
trettien(de)                        thirty-one (thirty-first)
trettiførste                         thirty-first
trolovelse                         engagement
trolovet                             engaged
trosbekjennelse                creed
trossamfunn                      religion
tuberkulose                      consumption, tuberculosis
tukthus                             prison
tusen(de)                          thousand(th)
tvangsarbeide                  hard labor, compulsory labor
tvilling                              twin
tyfus                                 typhoid fever
tysk                                  German
Tyskland                          Germany
tyv                                    thief
tyve (tjue)                         twenty
tyvende (tjvende)             twentieth
tæring                              tuberculosis
tømmermann                   carpenter, framer, ship’s carpenter
tønne                               barrel


udøpt                               unbaptized
uekte                               illegitimate
ugift                                 unmarried
uke                                  week
ukjent                              unknown, foreign
ulovlig                             illegal
ulykke                              accident
umoralsk                         immoral
umyndig                          under legal age
under                               under, below
underholde                      support
underskrevne                   the undersigned
underskrift                        signature
undertegnet                     signed
ung                                  young
ungkarl                            bachelor
unntatt                             except
uskyldig                           innocent
ussel                                miserable, poor
usømmelig                       indecent
utdrag                              extract
uten                                 without
utenfor                             outside of
utfattog                            destitute, penniless
utflyttning                        moving out
utføre                               perform, do
utgi                                  publish
uti                                    at, in
utlagt                               named as, alleged
utlandet                           foreign country
utukt                                lechery, fornication
utvandre                          emigrate
utvandrer                         emigrant
utvandring                       emigration


vaccinerede                     vaccination
vaksinert                          vaccination, vaccinated
vanfør                              crippled, disabled
vanskapt                          deformed, handicapped
var                                   was, were
vattersot                           dropsy
ved                                   at, by
vedkommende                 person concerned
ved siden av                     next to
velstand                           prosperity
venn                                 friend
venstre                             left (side)
verge                                guardian
verneplikt                         military duty
vertshus                            inn
vest                                  west
vever                                weaver
vielse                                marriage, wedding
vielsesattest                      marriage certificate
viet                                    married
vitne                                  witness
vitnesbyrd                          testimony
vogn                                  carriage, wagon, vehicle
vognmann                         coachman
voldta                                rape
værdig                               worthy
være                                  be
vår                                     our
våren                                 in the spring

Y through Å


yngre                                younger
yngst                                 youngest
yrke                                  profession


ærbødig                            respectful
ære                                   honor
ærlig                                 honest
ættegransking                   genealogy


øde                                   desolate, waste
ødelegge                          destroy
ødemark                           wasteland, wilderness
ønske                                wish, desire, want
øre                                    ear
øst                                     east
øvre                                  upper
øy                                      island
øye, øie                             eye


ånd                                    spirit
åndsvak                            mentally deficient
år                                      year
århundre                           century
årlig                                  annual, yearly
årsak                                 cause, reason
åsted                                 where event took place (place of event)
åtte                                   eight
åttende                             eighth
åtti                                    eighty
åttiede                              eightieth


Spelling was not standardized when most early records were made. The following spelling variations are common:

aa used for å
j used for gj
b used for p ld used for ll
c used for k nd used for nn
d used for t q used for k
e used for æ u used for v
f used for v w used for v
g used for k x used for ks
i used for j 
ch used for k
tj used for kj
hj used for j


"gjørtler" spelled as "giørtler"
"mann" spelled as "mand"
"kvinne" spelled as "quinde"


This word list includes only words most commonly found in genealogical sources. For further help, use a Norwegian-English dictionary. Several Norwegian-English dictionaries are available at the Family History Library. These are in the Scandinavian collection. Their call numbers begin with 439.82321. Family History Centers can obtain the following dictionaries on microfilm:

Scavenius, H. Glydendals Ordbøker; Norsk-Engelsk [Gyldendal’s Dictionaries; Norwegian-English]. Oslo, Norway: Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, 1945. (FHL film 1,224,705, item 4).

cavenius, H. Glydendals Ordbøker; Engelsk-Norsk [Glydendal’s Dictionaries; English-Norwegian]. Oslo, Norway: Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, 1945. (FHL film 1,224,705, item 3).

Additional dictionaries are listed in the Subject section of the Family History Library Catalog under NORWEGIAN LANGUAGE - DICTIONARIES and in the Locality section under NORWAY - LANGUAGE AND LANGUAGES.


In order to find and use specific types of Norwegian records, you will need to know some key words in Norwegian. This section lists key genealogical terms in English and the Norwegian words with the same or similar meanings.

For example, in the first column you will find the English word marriage. In the second column you will find Norwegian words with meanings such as marry, marriage, wedding, wedlock, unite, legitimate, joined, and other words used in Norwegian records to indicate marriage.

English Norwegian
banns lysninger
fødte, født
begravelse, jordet
census folketelling
christening døbte, døbt
clerical district prestegjeld
konfirmasjon, konfirmerede
death døde, død
engagement forlovelse, trolovelse
father far
female kvinnekjønn
husband ektemann
index register
male mannkjønn
marriage copulerede, egteviede, gift, vielse
military militær
mother mor
moving in innflyttning
moving out utflyttning
name, given fornavn
name, surname
parents foreldre
parish sogn
probate skifte
vaccination vaccinerede, vaksinert
wife hustru
year år