RISKAER is an old danish family name originating in the northern part of Denmark's main peninsula, Jutland. Originally, the name was linked to a farm which possesed a pond (KAER) from which the farmers could collect straws (RIS) needed for the thatching of their homes. The name was licensed in Denmark on april 27, 1903 by Kresten Riskaer, who lived from 1880 - 1960. The name may only be used by his descendants and their lawful spouces.