DONG Energy 公司是Danish Oil and Natural Gas 的缩写。其在2017年10月份更名为Orsted，作为从石油和天然气转向可再生能源的一部分。它说，这个新名字是从超过3000种选择中选出的，受到19世纪丹麦物理学家汉斯·克里斯蒂安·奥斯特（Hans Christian）的启发，希望新公司改名为Orsted。
丹麦科学家汉斯·克里斯蒂安·奥斯特德（Hans Christian Orsted）的子孙听了不干了，Orsted的三位直系后代向丹麦海事和商业高等法院提交传唤令，他们认为DONG Energy 公司名字改变为Orsted是一种“挑衅”，侮辱了他们的祖宗科学家奥斯特德（Orsted），他一直在努力保持独立和商业化。奥斯特的后代认为，该公司违反了丹麦公司采用姓氏的行为。
作为丹麦第四大市值公司，、丹麦“中海油”DONG Energy 的Orsted表示有信心使用该名称，其下属的哥本哈根发电站之一的HC Orsted已运行超过100年。
“我们在选择名称之前已经进行了非常彻底的法律调查，在这方面，我们完全相信我们有权使用Orsted的名字，”Dong 公司总监Martin Barlebo在书面回答中表示。
他补充说：“我们看到我们选择的名字是对HC Orsted的赞扬，我们极力强调这个名字对科学家的尊重。”据统计，丹麦约有400人在丹麦以 Orsted为姓。
The descendants of Danish scientist HansChristian Orsted will take legal action on Friday against one of Denmark'sbiggest companies over its decision to change its name to Orsted, their lawyersaid.
DONG Energy, the world's largest developerof offshore wind farms, in October renamed itself Orsted as part of its shiftto renewable energy from oil and gas. DONG was short for Danish Oil and NaturalGas.
It said the new name, chosen from more than3,000 alternatives, was inspired by 19th century Danish physicist HansChristian Orsted, who discovered electromagnetism.
But three direct descendants of Orsted willfile a writ of summons with the Danish Maritime and Commercial High Court onFriday, Jens Jakob Bugge, the lawyer for H.C. Orsted'sgreat-great-great-grandchild Soren Peter Orsted told Reuters.
Orsted's descendants believe that thecompany is in breach of the Danish companies act by using a family name.
Soren Peter Orsted told Danish newspaperBerlingske that the name change was a "provocation" and insulting toscientist Orsted who had always made an effort to stay independent and out ofcommercial business.
"The law must apply for both big andsmall and since we think we have a good case and that the law speaks to ouradvantage, I see a scenario where they would have to change the name,"Orsted told Berlingske.
Orsted, Denmark's fourth-largest company by market value, said it was confident of its right to use the name and had usedthe name H.C. Orsted for one of its power stations in Copenhagen for more than100 years.
"We have conducted a very thoroughlegal investigation before we chose the name, and in this context we are fullyconfident that we have the right to use the name Orsted," communicationsdirector Martin Barlebo said in a written comment.
"We see our choice of name as tributeto H.C. Orsted and we have greatly emphasised using the name in a respectfulway in relation to the scientist," he added.
According to Statistics Denmark around 400people in Denmark have Orsted as a surname.
(Reporting by Stine Jacobsen. Editing byJane Merriman)