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Last Names by Country Quiz

For each last name, guess the country in which it originated.
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Last updated: November 17, 2014
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Name
Country
Smith
United Kindgom
O'Donnell
Ireland
Rodriguez
Spain
Dubois
France
Teixeira
Portugal
Schneider
Germany
Kardashian
Armenia
Name
Country
Papadopoulos
Greece
Esposito
Italy
Sørensen
Denmark or Norway
Kowalski
Poland
Ionescu
Romania
Ivanov
Russia or Bulgaria
Patel
India
Name
Country
Jafari
Iran
Chen
China
Nakamura
Japan
Kim
Korea
Nguyen
Vietnam
Shevchenko
Ukraine
Abdullah
Saudi Arabia
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level 44
Jan 16, 2012
Very easy
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level 38
Mar 14, 2017
No its not!!!
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level 82
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 71
Aug 24, 2014
LOL :)
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level 70
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 56
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 40
May 8, 2015
So, what if you are Ian?
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level 61
Sep 6, 2015
PaterN, the English quote is "Brian that is called Brian".
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level 61
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 71
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 76
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 50
Jan 24, 2019
I dont watch the show, maybe seen 3 minutes of it ever, simply cause I was to lazy to zap. So am aware of them (hard not to..) but know nothing about them.

It is through jetpunk that I learned/heard they were armenian haha. (You learn the weirdest things from reading the comments. Well mainly that people like to argue, everybody thinks THEIR opinion is right, and hardly anyone checks facts, or previous posts for that matter before they commment..)

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level 65
Mar 11, 2017
Living in Boston taught me how to recognize Armenian names.
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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 31
Jan 16, 2012
if you read tintin, then you might relate 'karaboudjan' to 'kardashian'.
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level 41
Mar 11, 2017
true. i get your tintin reference
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level 44
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 67
Mar 11, 2017
Like my mate Fred Ryan?
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level 47
Feb 1, 2012
what Cruiser008 said!
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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 38
Oct 7, 2018
The Dutch name is SNIJDER!
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level 79
Mar 9, 2015
Also a well known Duke from Hazzard County.
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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 50
Jun 14, 2013
McDonald should be Mac Donald. Mc Donald is irish.
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level 32
Jan 7, 2015
both are scottish, Irish would be O'
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level 59
Mar 11, 2017
No, "Mc" is Irish as well. "Mac" is Scottish.
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level 67
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 79
Feb 26, 2014
Great concept for a quiz! It was a lot of fun :)
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level 81
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 71
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 76
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 71
Nov 13, 2014
When I saw Kardashian and Kim's face I typed in Djibouti
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level 59
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 48
Apr 14, 2019
Patel is Pi's surname
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level 31
Jan 7, 2015
Very easy indeed, but fun!
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level 46
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 58
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 67
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 50
Jan 24, 2019
Of course it is relevant.. it is a quiz where you have to guess where the name comes from. In most cases you do that by analyzing the word. The way vowels and consonents are used, if there is a suffix that you have seen often from other people in that area (like -(v)itz immediately makes me think russian or atleast slavic).

and I had the same thing as the others, didnt get an italian vibe of it, it sounded spanish or mexican. Pepito, perrito, gatito (cant think of common ones, but basicly all diminutives)

I looked it up and know italian etymology is different (from exposed) but if you think it is spanish, it looks like it could be little spouse haha esposa/esposo being spouse (wife/husband) and -ito the diminutive :D

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level 49
Jan 12, 2015
Missed Patel.
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level 44
Feb 14, 2015
Missed Jafari!! NO!
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level 63
Mar 11, 2015
Great quiz!
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level 48
Dec 4, 2015
Teixeira was the last one but I got it eventually.
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level 50
Jan 24, 2019
With the x made me think of peru first. Did get it,but allready forgotten now haha
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level 75
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 37
Mar 13, 2016
Abdullah is not a last name!
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level 67
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 72
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 ­čśü
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level 62
Mar 6, 2018
Amazing, 3:52 myself. Fun quiz, I would love a longer, harder quiz, it's fun to try to figure these out.
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level 34
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 79
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 59
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 34
Jul 23, 2016
1:50 left, thanks for 5 points!
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level 67
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 67
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 50
Jan 24, 2019
Really.... ?!? Can't tell if sarcasm or not
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level 70
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 38
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 64
Jan 9, 2017
I did better at this than I thought I would. Only missed Teixeira.
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level 52
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 52
Mar 11, 2017
Got everything except Kardashian, I don't feel to bad about myself
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level 68
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 78
Mar 12, 2017
I keep thinking that Esposito is something Hispanic. I guess it reminds me of Espa├▒a.
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level 32
Mar 20, 2017
2 eazy
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level 40
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 43
Jun 23, 2017
I got everything except Kardashian.
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level 62
Jul 28, 2017
I think United Kingdom is misspelled as United Kindgom....
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level 68
Nov 18, 2017
No one noticed it for three years :D
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level 50
Jan 24, 2019
I needed to read the comment 3 times before I realised he didnt type the same thing twice haha!
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level 55
Sep 3, 2018
Esposito is not an italian name. It is of spanish origin and means "husband". In Italian the equivalent would be Sposo, though there aren't many italians who have that for a last name.
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level 56
Sep 10, 2018
No. I'm Italian. Esposito is by far the most typical southern italian surname, particularly neapolitan. It's written like the spanish espos├Čto ("little husband"), but it must be read Esp├▓sito and it came from the latin expositus (the verb has become esposto in modern italian), which means "shown", but it's also referred to children abandoned in the foundling wheels (ruote degli esposti). This surname was given to the children of the orphanage whithout a surname, for this reason it's very widespread.
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level 50
Jan 24, 2019
I tried Netherlands for smith. It is very common here, though also often written as smith. Since it was about where the name originated, I didnt try usa or uk first. Because many words came into the english language through german or dutch. Though in this case it obviously could have evolved on its own in the uk aswell, since they would have had smithies too ;).

so even if the word itself is derived from german or dutch. By the time lastnames became a thing, the word allready excisted in english.

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level 38
May 15, 2019
^ In dutch, the spelling would be Smit (w/o the "h"). In German it would be Schmidt. - I spent four years in school in the Netherlands and never heard of a dutch native (or someone from within the Dutch Diaspora) spell their name any other way than Smit; Smits; or Schmidt.
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level 29
Feb 1, 2019
Suprised that Nguyen only got 71%, I mean ffs 60% of the population has that last name