Swedish Surnames Top 10

Top 100 Swedish Surnames: -son, -quist, -ström & Co.

Swedish Surnames Top 10

 

One third of all Swedish surnames end with son. Svensson, Johansson, Gustavsson belong to the most common last names in Sweden. (Source: SCB.) Those names are so common, that you can expect to find at least one of them on a door in each Swedish apartment building. If not there, then at least on one of the mailboxes of the houses next door.

By the way, the most common Swedish last names that do not end with -son, are Lindberg, Lindström and Lindgren. (What those names mean, read further below.)

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List of 100 Most Common Swedish Surnames

The 100 most popular surnames in Sweden according to laut SCB, Statistiska Central Byrå. Here are the Smiths, Johnsons, Williams and Jones of 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.

Swedish Surnames Last Names

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
11 Pettersson 92 275
12 Jonsson 71 774
13 Jansson 48 437
14 Hansson 42 569
15 Bengtsson 33 196
16 Jönsson 30 925
17 Lindberg 27 602
18 Jakobsson 26 381
19 Magnusson 26 099
20 Olofsson 25 761
21 Lindström 24 917
22 Lindqvist 22 917
23 Lindgren 22 801
24 Axelsson 22 452
25 Berg 21 672
26 Bergström 21 166
27 Lundberg 21 102
28 Lundgren 20 453
29 Lind 20 181
30 Lundqvist 20 114
31 Mattsson 19 686
32 Berglund 19 160
33 Fredriksson 18 203
34 Sandberg 17 697
35 Henriksson 17 458
36 Forsberg 16 629
37 Sjöberg 16 421
38 Wallin 15 890
39 Engström 15 491
40 Danielsson 15 335
41 Eklund 15 315
42 Håkansson 15 231
43 Lundin 15 059
44 Gunnarsson 14 389
45 Bergman 14 239
46 Björk 14 217
47 Holm 14 215
48 Samuelsson 14 108
49 Fransson 14 048
50 Wikström 13 913
51 Isaksson 13 781
52 Bergqvist 13 458
53 Arvidsson 13 317
54 Nyström 13 292
55 Holmberg 13 162
56 Löfgren 12 847
57 Söderberg 12 693
58 Nyberg 12 587
59 Blomqvist 12 546
60 Claesson 12 544
61 Mårtensson 12 303
62 Nordström 12 134
63 Lundström 11 863
64 Ali 11 576
65 Mohamed 11 574
66 Eliasson 11 527
67 Pålsson 11 514
68 Viklund 11 416
69 Björklund 11 362
70 Berggren 11 171
71 Sandström 10 793
72 Lund 10 779
73 Nordin 10 698
74 Ström 10 577
75 Åberg 10 504
76 Hermansson 10 431
77 Ekström 10 285
78 Holmgren 10 182
79 Hedlund 10 023
80 Sundberg 9 990
81 Dahlberg 9 890
82 Falk 9 870
83 Hellström 9 864
84 Sjögren 9 796
85 Abrahamsson 9 607
86 Martinsson 9 519
87 Ek 9 454
88 Blom 9 449
89 Öberg 9 439
90 Andreasson 9 345
91 Månsson 9 205
92 Strömberg 9 113
93 Åkesson 9 010
94 Jonasson 8 862
95 Hansen 8 830
96 Norberg 8 780
97 Åström 8 760
98 Sundström 8 711
99 Lindholm 8 707
100 Holmqvist 8 650

(Source for Swedish surnames: SCB)

 

Why So Many Swedish Surnames End with “-son”

Until 1901, it was very common that a patronymic was used when people received their last names. This means that the first name of the father is the base for the creation of a person’s last name. For example, was your father’s first name Anders, your last name would consequently be Andersson, “Ander’s son“. This was the case even if y0ur father’s surname was totally different, like Pettersson.

1901, a new law prohibited this procedure. And since 1982 it is allowed (again) to use a patronymic or matronymic, meaning you can use your mother’s first name as your last name nowadays. This is not uncommon in Iceland. E.g. …dóttir, dóttir meaning “doughter”. But still not very common in Sweden though.

 

Meaning of Typical Swedish Surnames

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

Swedes have a special relationship to nature. Maybe that is the reason why so many Swedish names are related to it.

 

 

Check How Common Your Name is in Sweden

Common Last Names in Sweden

Would you like to check how popular your name is in Sweden? You can check how many Swedes have the same first name or surname as you. On the website of SCB  you can check any name: scb.se/namnsok

 

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4 thoughts on “Top 100 Swedish Surnames: -son, -quist, -ström & Co.

  1. My Grandfather came from kristinstad sweden in the early 1900 and came to Canada. His surname was Hogan, I believe he changed it from some other name. Is there a Swedish name that is similar.

  2. My surname is Josefsson. I am from Australia, I always am told that my surname is very swedish. Though I have German heritage, just wondering how common my surname is in Sweden.

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