Most Common Surnames in Sweden (2016)

Top 100 Most Common Swedish Surnames: -son, -quist, -ström & Co. (2016)

Most Common Surnames in Sweden (2016)
Most Common Surnames in Sweden (2016)

(Latest update: March 2017)

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 Lastname Count
1 Andersson 238 843
2 Johansson 238 259
3 Karlsson 212 126
4 Nilsson 163 029
5 Eriksson 141 745
6 Larsson 119 454
7 Olsson 108 599
8 Persson 102 721
9 Svensson 96 369
10 Gustafsson 93 399
11 Pettersson 91 137
12 Jonsson 71 130
13 Jansson 47 858
14 Hansson 42 174
15 Bengtsson 32 923
16 Jönsson 30 506
17 Lindberg 27 569
18 Jakobsson 26 262
19 Magnusson 25 964
20 Olofsson 25 480
21 Lindström 24 849
22 Lindqvist 22 878
23 Lindgren 22 805
24 Axelsson 22 307
25 Berg 21 677
26 Bergström 21 118
27 Lundberg 21 025
28 Lundgren 20 376
29 Lind 20 277
30 Lundqvist 20 025
31 Mattsson 19 523
32 Berglund 19 088
33 Fredriksson 18 108
34 Sandberg 17 662
35 Henriksson 17 340
36 Forsberg 16 568
37 Sjöberg 16 414
38 Wallin 15 939
39 Engström 15 518
40 Eklund 15 299
41 Danielsson 15 228
42 Håkansson 15 090
43 Lundin 15 052
44 Gunnarsson 14 349
45 Björk 14 282
46 Bergman 14 232
47 Holm 14 192
48 Samuelsson 14 030
49 Fransson 13 915
50 Wikström 13 888
51 Isaksson 13 735
52 Bergqvist 13 422
53 Nyström 13 257
54 Arvidsson 13 232
55 Holmberg 13 099
56 Löfgren 12 862
57 Ali 12 754
58 Söderberg 12 662
59 Mohamed 12 607
60 Nyberg 12 578
61 Blomqvist 12 493
62 Claesson 12 471
63 Mårtensson 12 194
64 Nordström 12 143
65 Lundström 11 807
66 Eliasson 11 479
67 Pålsson 11 460
68 Viklund 11 427
69 Björklund 11 357
70 Berggren 11 157
71 Sandström 10 804
72 Lund 10 769
73 Nordin 10 659
74 Ström 10 567
75 Åberg 10 459
76 Hermansson 10 407
77 Ekström 10 240
78 Holmgren 10 143
79 Hedlund 9 984
80 Falk 9 948
81 Sundberg 9 931
82 Dahlberg 9 886
83 Hellström 9 879
84 Sjögren 9 804
85 Abrahamsson 9 591
86 Ek 9 488
87 Blom 9 485
88 Martinsson 9 483
89 Öberg 9 431
90 Ahmed 9 361
91 Andreasson 9 266
92 Hassan 9 183
93 Månsson 9 157
94 Strömberg 9 082
95 Åkesson 8 964
96 Hansen 8 804
97 Jonasson 8 790
98 Norberg 8 751
99 Åström 8 696
100 Sundström 8 679

 

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

(Source for Swedish surnames: SCB)

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 Most Common Swedish Surnames: -son, -quist, -ström & Co. (2016)

  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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