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Last Names by Country Quiz

For each last name, guess the country in which it originated.
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  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Nov 17, 2014
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Name
Country
Smith
O'Donnell
Rodriguez
Dubois
Teixeira
Schneider
Kardashian
Name
Country
Papadopoulos
Esposito
Sørensen
Kowalski
Ionescu
Ivanov
Patel
Name
Country
Jafari
Chen
Nakamura
Kim
Nguyen
Shevchenko
Abdullah
Answer Stats
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Country
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(46)
Very easy
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Jan 16, 2012
(40)
No its not!!!
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Mar 14, 2017
(20)
Yaay - 100% on my first go. Almost missed Iran and Armenia
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Jan 16, 2012
(77)
Cool quiz. I'm not too upset about not getting Armenia. Something tells me you'd actually have to watch that show to know the answer to that question.
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Jan 16, 2012
(25)
I don't think it's really about the TV show, or the Kardashian family themselves. Maybe your area simply doesn't have a large Armenian population, but I thought it was common knowledge that names that end with -ian were Armenian.
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Jun 21, 2012
(16)
Correct. As a kid I used to watch a TV program about wrestlers from Argentina. one of the wrestlers was Martin Karadajian of Armenian origin. Cher is also of Armenian origin, but cannot remember her name
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Sep 28, 2012
(59)
Some Persian Jews have last names that end in -ian too, which often leads people where I live to assume they're Armenian. But if an unfamiliar name ends in -ian or -yan, it's a pretty safe bet.
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Feb 15, 2013
(60)
My name is Brian, but I'm not Armenian.
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Jun 30, 2014
(68)
LOL :)
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Aug 24, 2014
(64)
Brian, what means "Brian" (I hope this is the correct original version, I know Monty Python only in the German translation)
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Jan 7, 2015
(68)
Cher's orginal last name is Sarkisian.
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Jan 7, 2015
(57)
Scuadrado, that's why i thought kardashian was persian, because the ppl i know that end with ian are persian jews.
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Jan 7, 2015
(43)
So, what if you are Ian?
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May 8, 2015
(58)
PaterN, the English quote is "Brian that is called Brian".
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Sep 6, 2015
(52)
I got it first try because of System Of A Down surnames, Tankian, Oblanian, Malakian...
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Aug 23, 2016
(49)
and Charles Aznavour was originally Aznavourian
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Sep 21, 2016
(43)
Pretty much all Armenian names end in "-ian" or "-yan", and occasionally "-jan".
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Jan 17, 2013
(65)
But not all names that end with "ian" belong to Armenians or their descendants. As an example, the Nazi tank commander Heinz Gurderian's name probably represents a contraction or corruption of "Guderjan" (Guter Jan), which means something like "Good Jan." Or so says one contributor to his Wikipedia page; another offers a fanciful theory about the Armenians somehow playing a role in Baltic commerce, which is how a Prussian would end up with that name. The lesson: be careful not to overgeneralize. As one wit once put it "All generalizations are false."
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Nov 4, 2014
(69)
never seen the show and I got it, but, I really don't think they play up their Armenian ancestry anyway.
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Jul 19, 2013
(59)
Living in Boston taught me how to recognize Armenian names.
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Mar 11, 2017
(9)
just vietnam missing :(
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Jan 16, 2012
(54)
I know some Armenian people, so I knew what was up with that. Otherwise, i would have had no idea, since I ignore Kimmie and her group of idiots.
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Jan 16, 2012
(14)
OMGOSH stupid stupid stupid. I kept guessing poland, iran, greece, and romania for all but the actual answers.
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Jan 16, 2012
(32)
if you read tintin, then you might relate 'karaboudjan' to 'kardashian'.
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Jan 16, 2012
(34)
true. i get your tintin reference
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Mar 11, 2017
(30)
Got 'em all, with 2:46 left! Took me a minute to figure out "Jafari."
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Jan 17, 2012
(31)
Many Armenian family names end in 'ian' or 'yan' which is the give away. You could try using Sarkisian (the family name of Cher and the current President of Armenia) just to see if people could figure it out without watching reality TV. I only recognize Kim et al because I know they have an Armenian name.
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Jan 17, 2012
(62)
Like my mate Fred Ryan?
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Mar 11, 2017
(43)
23/24. Damn you Kim Kardashian.
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Feb 1, 2012
(44)
what Cruiser008 said!
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Feb 1, 2012
(19)
hahaha, for some reason I wrote all the names of the countries, but then I kept trying "italian", "italian!" "italian!!" then, with 5 seconds left or so, I facepalmed myself and finally wrote Italy, hahaha
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Feb 16, 2012
(14)
kardashian? No one knew? come on
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Feb 24, 2012
(72)
More like, no one cares.
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Jun 27, 2014
(8)
Schneider is also a well known footballer from the Netherlands, it should be accepted as well.
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Mar 23, 2012
(37)
No. It asks where the name ORIGINATED.
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May 16, 2012
(26)
schneider is german, sneijder is dutch. the difference might be small, but there is a difference. most of the names with schn are german, can't name a single dutch one even though i am dutch
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Oct 24, 2012
(72)
Also a well known Duke from Hazzard County.
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Mar 9, 2015
(12)
20/24 ... watching 'Keeping up with Kardashians' on TLC helped..
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Apr 11, 2012
(40)
Hey, I got em all first go! How the heck I guessed Armenia I don't know. I've only vaguely heard of KK.
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Dec 28, 2012
(53)
McDonald should be Mac Donald. Mc Donald is irish.
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Jun 14, 2013
(34)
both are scottish, Irish would be O'
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Jan 7, 2015
(54)
No, "Mc" is Irish as well. "Mac" is Scottish.
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Mar 11, 2017
(62)
It may surprise you to know that the Scots came from Ireland to Scotland originally. Bringing with them the bagpipes and names.
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Mar 11, 2017
(71)
Great concept for a quiz! It was a lot of fun :)
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Feb 26, 2014
(76)
Could add "Laine" which I am pretty sure is a Finnish name when I see it in endtexts. Or "Pietila" which appears in the Simpsons end texts (Bonita). Or to be the most stereotypical Finnish find a name ending in -inen :)
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May 19, 2014
(65)
Jorma Kaukonen! Eero Saarinen! And that, I am sorry to say, is the extent of my knowledge of Finnish surnames (not counting Jean Sibelius, whose first language was Swedish).
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Nov 4, 2014
(45)
I see the quizmaster is a football fan with some of these names!
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Jun 1, 2014
(73)
Got stuck on Jafari. I have an acquaintance whose last name is Jafari and he is originally from Jordan but I'm sure that his family moved at some point.
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Oct 6, 2014
(67)
When I saw Kardashian and Kim's face I typed in Djibouti
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Nov 13, 2014
(37)
I think you should accept both "North Korea" and "South Korea" for Kim. Both are used more often on JetPunk than just Korea, and show that we know the answer, just aren't typing it in exactly how you want.
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Nov 16, 2014
Yes, of course. This has been fixed.
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Nov 17, 2014
(22)
brag boast exalt pride ego:)
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Nov 22, 2014
(56)
fun quiz .... got 'em all with only 9 sec left ... Patel from India was my toughest one
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Jan 7, 2015
(34)
Very easy indeed, but fun!
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Jan 7, 2015
(41)
Great quiz. I liked it so much I made my own version. You can find it here: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/33628/last-names-by-country-quiz-2
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Jan 8, 2015
(61)
Esposito is about the least Italian name I've ever heard of. Sounds much more Spanish to me. I can scarcely think of any Italian last names which don't have a double letter in - rr ll nn zz pp cc ss tt. Also a and i endings are more common and more archetypal. In my view. (I have Italian relatives, but am not an expert. My own mother's maiden name doesn't match any of the stereotypes except it ends in 'a'. It's only four letters long, which is very atypical!)
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Jan 11, 2015
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I was about to comment how shocked I was at how few people figured out Esposito was Italian. That -ito suffix seems like a giveaway. But I guess my judgement is biased considering I am Italian American and know my fair share of Espositos
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Dec 30, 2015
(62)
Your perceptions of what makes an Italian "sounding" name aren't really relevant here. Esposito is currently the 4th most common name in Italy, and there are tons of well-known Italians or people of Italian descent with this name. There are certainly Spanish, Portuguese, French, and maybe others with this name, but it is only common in Italy.
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Feb 6, 2017
(51)
Missed Patel.
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Jan 12, 2015
(30)
Missed Jafari!! NO!
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Feb 14, 2015
(64)
Great quiz!
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Mar 11, 2015
(47)
Teixeira was the last one but I got it eventually.
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Dec 4, 2015
(71)
Only missed Romania - which makes me feel dumb, as I'm old enough to remember the fall of Nicolae Ceausescu.
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Feb 11, 2016
(39)
Abdullah is not a last name!
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Mar 13, 2016
(56)
I know someone with that last name so I'm pretty sure it can be a last name
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Sep 1, 2016
(68)
What about King Abdullah? King is his first name; Abdullah his last. QED.
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Mar 11, 2017
(28)
3:52 minutes left 😁
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May 6, 2016
(35)
The word "Iran" just happened to come on in a song I was playing when looking at the name
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May 12, 2016
(12)
most famous armenian is mkhitaryan
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Jun 6, 2016
(72)
Creator of the MiG, that's cool. Determining "most famous" is subjective, but Andre Agassi, Garry Kasparov, Cher, Alain Prost are almost certainly better known.
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Mar 13, 2017
(51)
17/21, glad I got some harder ones like Romania and Ukraine. Knew Armenia from a previous quiz on here!
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Jul 10, 2016
(33)
1:50 left, thanks for 5 points!
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Jul 23, 2016
(56)
Out of these 21 names, there are 11 that belong to people I've met. All of them were born in the US (as far as I know) so it's interesting to see how many people had families that were immigrants
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Sep 1, 2016
(62)
Surely most of the people in USA came from immigrant families?........ Even the native Indians originally came across the Bering Strait from Asia.
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Mar 11, 2017
(66)
Over time, I noticed that fairly consistently, when Scandinavian surnames ended in "s_n", it was "son" in Sweden and "sen" in Denmark. Now I'll have to keep an eye out for how it's spelled in Norwegian names.
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Sep 23, 2016
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To Baltimorian: Or it could be that Gurderian was of Armenian heritage. I doubt if Hitler and his ilk paid much attention, as long as you looked Aryan (which, by the way is Iranian) and didn't have Jewish last name.
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Oct 28, 2016
(59)
I did better at this than I thought I would. Only missed Teixeira.
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Jan 9, 2017
(38)
this discussion is a regular Algonquin Round Table
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Mar 11, 2017
(47)
Serj Tankian should be the name for Armenia. Or literally any other Armenian person who actually gives half a damn about their heritage.
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Mar 11, 2017
(6)
3:50 left
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Mar 11, 2017
(28)
Got everything except Kardashian, I don't feel to bad about myself
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Mar 11, 2017
(65)
Ivanov is also Serbian last name.
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Mar 11, 2017
(54)
I knew most of them right off the bat except for Ionescu and Jafari. Ionescu I just kept guessing eastern european countries, and Jafaru I kept guessing middle eastern countries.
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Mar 11, 2017
(70)
I keep thinking that Esposito is something Hispanic. I guess it reminds me of España.
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Mar 12, 2017
(32)
2 eazy
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Mar 20, 2017
(42)
Typed German numerous time for Schneider wondering why it wasn't working, only after the quiz to realise Germany was the answer, duhh!
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May 20, 2017
(30)
I got everything except Kardashian.
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Jun 23, 2017
(40)
I think United Kingdom is misspelled as United Kindgom....
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Jul 28, 2017
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