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

RankLastnameCount
1Andersson238 843
2Johansson238 259
3Karlsson212 126
4Nilsson163 029
5Eriksson141 745
6Larsson119 454
7Olsson108 599
8Persson102 721
9Svensson96 369
10Gustafsson93 399
11Pettersson91 137
12Jonsson71 130
13Jansson47 858
14Hansson42 174
15Bengtsson32 923
16Jönsson30 506
17Lindberg27 569
18Jakobsson26 262
19Magnusson25 964
20Olofsson25 480
21Lindström24 849
22Lindqvist22 878
23Lindgren22 805
24Axelsson22 307
25Berg21 677
26Bergström21 118
27Lundberg21 025
28Lundgren20 376
29Lind20 277
30Lundqvist20 025
31Mattsson19 523
32Berglund19 088
33Fredriksson18 108
34Sandberg17 662
35Henriksson17 340
36Forsberg16 568
37Sjöberg16 414
38Wallin15 939
39Engström15 518
40Eklund15 299
41Danielsson15 228
42Håkansson15 090
43Lundin15 052
44Gunnarsson14 349
45Björk14 282
46Bergman14 232
47Holm14 192
48Samuelsson14 030
49Fransson13 915
50Wikström13 888
51Isaksson13 735
52Bergqvist13 422
53Nyström13 257
54Arvidsson13 232
55Holmberg13 099
56Löfgren12 862
57Ali12 754
58Söderberg12 662
59Mohamed12 607
60Nyberg12 578
61Blomqvist12 493
62Claesson12 471
63Mårtensson12 194
64Nordström12 143
65Lundström11 807
66Eliasson11 479
67Pålsson11 460
68Viklund11 427
69Björklund11 357
70Berggren11 157
71Sandström10 804
72Lund10 769
73Nordin10 659
74Ström10 567
75Åberg10 459
76Hermansson10 407
77Ekström10 240
78Holmgren10 143
79Hedlund9 984
80Falk9 948
81Sundberg9 931
82Dahlberg9 886
83Hellström9 879
84Sjögren9 804
85Abrahamsson9 591
86Ek9 488
87Blom9 485
88Martinsson9 483
89Öberg9 431
90Ahmed9 361
91Andreasson9 266
92Hassan9 183
93Månsson9 157
94Strömberg9 082
95Åkesson8 964
96Hansen8 804
97Jonasson8 790
98Norberg8 751
99Åström8 696
100Sundström8 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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7 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.

  3. My great – grandfather’s last name was Johanson, but, we have been told that when he joined the Swedish navy in the late 1800’s, his last name became Nordstrom. Can someone explain the reason for this? My family has always asked this question. He had many children at the time. Some kept the last name of Johanson, and others, like my grandfather, adopted the last name of Nordstrom. Thank you.

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