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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
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level 46
Jan 16, 2012
Very easy
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level 40
Mar 14, 2017
No its not!!!
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level 20
Jan 16, 2012
Yaay - 100% on my first go. Almost missed Iran and Armenia
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level 77
Jan 16, 2012
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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level 25
Jun 21, 2012
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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level 16
Sep 28, 2012
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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level 59
Feb 15, 2013
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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level 60
Jun 30, 2014
My name is Brian, but I'm not Armenian.
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level 68
Aug 24, 2014
LOL :)
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level 65
Jan 7, 2015
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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level 68
Jan 7, 2015
Cher's orginal last name is Sarkisian.
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level 57
Jan 7, 2015
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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level 43
May 8, 2015
So, what if you are Ian?
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level 57
Sep 6, 2015
PaterN, the English quote is "Brian that is called Brian".
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level 54
Aug 23, 2016
I got it first try because of System Of A Down surnames, Tankian, Oblanian, Malakian...
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level 49
Sep 21, 2016
and Charles Aznavour was originally Aznavourian
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level 43
Jan 17, 2013
Pretty much all Armenian names end in "-ian" or "-yan", and occasionally "-jan".
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level 66
Nov 4, 2014
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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level 70
Jul 19, 2013
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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level 59
Mar 11, 2017
Living in Boston taught me how to recognize Armenian names.
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level 9
Jan 16, 2012
just vietnam missing :(
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level 54
Jan 16, 2012
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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level 14
Jan 16, 2012
OMGOSH stupid stupid stupid. I kept guessing poland, iran, greece, and romania for all but the actual answers.
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level 32
Jan 16, 2012
if you read tintin, then you might relate 'karaboudjan' to 'kardashian'.
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level 34
Mar 11, 2017
true. i get your tintin reference
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level 30
Jan 17, 2012
Got 'em all, with 2:46 left! Took me a minute to figure out "Jafari."
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level 31
Jan 17, 2012
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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level 63
Mar 11, 2017
Like my mate Fred Ryan?
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level 43
Feb 1, 2012
23/24. Damn you Kim Kardashian.
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level 44
Feb 1, 2012
what Cruiser008 said!
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level 19
Feb 16, 2012
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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level 14
Feb 24, 2012
kardashian? No one knew? come on
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level 72
Jun 27, 2014
More like, no one cares.
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level 8
Mar 23, 2012
Schneider is also a well known footballer from the Netherlands, it should be accepted as well.
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level 37
May 16, 2012
No. It asks where the name ORIGINATED.
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level 26
Oct 24, 2012
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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level 72
Mar 9, 2015
Also a well known Duke from Hazzard County.
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level 12
Apr 11, 2012
20/24 ... watching 'Keeping up with Kardashians' on TLC helped..
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level 40
Dec 28, 2012
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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level 53
Jun 14, 2013
McDonald should be Mac Donald. Mc Donald is irish.
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level 33
Jan 7, 2015
both are scottish, Irish would be O'
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level 54
Mar 11, 2017
No, "Mc" is Irish as well. "Mac" is Scottish.
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level 63
Mar 11, 2017
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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level 72
Feb 26, 2014
Great concept for a quiz! It was a lot of fun :)
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level 76
May 19, 2014
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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level 66
Nov 4, 2014
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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level 45
Jun 1, 2014
I see the quizmaster is a football fan with some of these names!
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level 73
Oct 6, 2014
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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level 67
Nov 13, 2014
When I saw Kardashian and Kim's face I typed in Djibouti
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level 36
Nov 16, 2014
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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level ∞
Nov 17, 2014
Yes, of course. This has been fixed.
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level 22
Nov 22, 2014
brag boast exalt pride ego:)
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level 56
Jan 7, 2015
fun quiz .... got 'em all with only 9 sec left ... Patel from India was my toughest one
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level 34
Jan 7, 2015
Very easy indeed, but fun!
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level 41
Jan 8, 2015
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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level 61
Jan 11, 2015
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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level 34
Dec 30, 2015
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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level 62
Feb 6, 2017
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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level 51
Jan 12, 2015
Missed Patel.
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level 37
Feb 14, 2015
Missed Jafari!! NO!
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level 64
Mar 11, 2015
Great quiz!
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level 47
Dec 4, 2015
Teixeira was the last one but I got it eventually.
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level 71
Feb 11, 2016
Only missed Romania - which makes me feel dumb, as I'm old enough to remember the fall of Nicolae Ceausescu.
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level 39
Mar 13, 2016
Abdullah is not a last name!
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level 58
Sep 1, 2016
I know someone with that last name so I'm pretty sure it can be a last name
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level 68
Mar 11, 2017
What about King Abdullah? King is his first name; Abdullah his last. QED.
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level 28
May 6, 2016
3:52 minutes left 😁
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level 35
May 12, 2016
The word "Iran" just happened to come on in a song I was playing when looking at the name
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level 12
Jun 6, 2016
most famous armenian is mkhitaryan
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level 72
Mar 13, 2017
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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level 52
Jul 10, 2016
17/21, glad I got some harder ones like Romania and Ukraine. Knew Armenia from a previous quiz on here!
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level 33
Jul 23, 2016
1:50 left, thanks for 5 points!
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level 58
Sep 1, 2016
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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level 63
Mar 11, 2017
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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level 69
Sep 23, 2016
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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level 40
Oct 28, 2016
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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level 59
Jan 9, 2017
I did better at this than I thought I would. Only missed Teixeira.
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level 38
Mar 11, 2017
this discussion is a regular Algonquin Round Table
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level 48
Mar 11, 2017
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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level 6
Mar 11, 2017
3:50 left
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level 28
Mar 11, 2017
Got everything except Kardashian, I don't feel to bad about myself
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level 65
Mar 11, 2017
Ivanov is also Serbian last name.
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level 55
Mar 11, 2017
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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level 71
Mar 12, 2017
I keep thinking that Esposito is something Hispanic. I guess it reminds me of España.
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level 32
Mar 20, 2017
2 eazy
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level 43
May 20, 2017
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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level 31
Jun 23, 2017
I got everything except Kardashian.
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level 50
Jul 28, 2017
I think United Kingdom is misspelled as United Kindgom....
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