Get a Swedish first- & last name – How to be Swedish

Swedish last names - How to be Swedish

Every Swede has at least two names. A first- and a last name. Using names is convenient because they make it easier to understand who your best friend is talking about or check out that attractive person’s profile on Facebook. Unfortunately though, Swedes haven’t been very innovative in the process of creating names. Many Swedes have the same last name. Of course one that’s ending with -sson.

Further below, lists with the Top 10 most popular first-names in Sweden.

Swedish last names

More than one third of all Swedish surnames end with son. (Source: SCB.) Those names are so common, that you will probably find at least one of them on mailboxes of each Swedish apartment building.

List of 10 Most Common Swedish Surnames

The 10 most popular surnames in Sweden.

Minor name variations, such as Karlsson and Carlsson are collected under the variation that is most common. For example, the amount of Carlsson is added to Karlsson.

RankSurnameAmount
1Andersson241 854
2Johansson241 685
3Karlsson214 920
4Nilsson165 106
5Eriksson143 219
6Larsson120 795
7Olsson109 964
8Persson104 111
9Svensson97 761
10Gustafsson94 403

List with Top 100 Swedish last names.

What typical Swedish last names mean

The following words appear often in Swedish names and refer mostly to nature.

  • Ström – stream (river)
  • Berg – mountain/hill
  • Lind – linden
  • Ek – oak
  • Sjö – lake/sea
  • Sund – sea gate/strait
  • Å – small stream/creek
  • Ö – island
  • Björk – birch
  • Ny – new
  • Söder – south
  • Lund – small forrest
  • Gren – branch
  • Fors – cataract
  • Vik – bay
  • Holm – little island
  • Qvist/Kvist – twig

Swedish first-names for girls

Are you a woman, moving to Sweden? If you don’t like your current first-name, you might fancy one of the top 10 Swedish girl names from the list below.

Top 10 Swedish girl names

For new borns in 2015

RankFemale first nameAmount
1Elsa872
2Alice847
3Maja674
4Saga671
5Ella627
6Lilly613
7Olivia583
8Ebba576
9Wilma575
10Julia574

 

List with Top 100 Swedish girl names.

Swedish first-names for boys

Here are the 10 names that where the most popular for new born boys in 2015.

Top 10 Swedish boy names

 

RankSwedish Male NamesAmount
1William977
2Lucas802
3Liam752
4Oscar737
5Elias732
6Hugo711
7Oliver709
8Charlie664
9Axel627
10Vincent602

Complete list with Top 1oo Swedish boy names.

 

So, dear new-Swede, if you feel like making a change to the name written above your door bell or on your business card, and want to sound more Swedish, feel inspired by the list above.

Or check here for more Swedish name lists.

 

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