Swedish last names - How to be Swedish

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.

Rank Surname Amount
1 Andersson 241 854
2 Johansson 241 685
3 Karlsson 214 920
4 Nilsson 165 106
5 Eriksson 143 219
6 Larsson 120 795
7 Olsson 109 964
8 Persson 104 111
9 Svensson 97 761
10 Gustafsson 94 403

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

Rank Female first name Amount
1 Elsa 872
2 Alice 847
3 Maja 674
4 Saga 671
5 Ella 627
6 Lilly 613
7 Olivia 583
8 Ebba 576
9 Wilma 575
10 Julia 574

 

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

 

Rank Swedish Male Names Amount
1 William 977
2 Lucas 802
3 Liam 752
4 Oscar 737
5 Elias 732
6 Hugo 711
7 Oliver 709
8 Charlie 664
9 Axel 627
10 Vincent 602

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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