Most Common Last Names in Sweden

Can you guess the 20 most common surnames in the country of Sweden?
Different spellings of the same name are grouped together
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Last updated: November 13, 2019
First submittedMay 14, 2017
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Name
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Andersson
2
Johansson
3
Karlsson
4
Nilsson
5
Eriksson
6
Larsson
7
Olsson
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Name
8
Persson
9
Svensson
10
Gustafsson
11
Pettersson
12
Jonsson
13
Jansson
14
Hansson
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Name
15
Bengtsson
16
Jönsson
17
Lindberg
18
Jakobsson
19
Magnusson
20
Olofsson
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Level 82
Nov 13, 2019
Everyone's a son, even the daughters.
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Level 82
Nov 13, 2019
except one family.
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Level 82
Nov 14, 2019
....Bad luck to be the son in that family though.
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Level 62
Feb 20, 2020
The daughters of that family must be feminists.
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Level 79
Nov 14, 2019
But not everyone's a Persson unfortunately
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Level 47
Sep 21, 2020
My family name -Forsberg- has been the most common surname in Sweden not ending in -sson. I think it made top 20.
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Level 72
Nov 14, 2019
After 19 sons, Lindberg was impossible to guess!
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Level 79
Nov 14, 2019
Pelle Lindberg -- Philadelphia Flyers goalie who died in a car accident in 1985. The Flyers have yet to find a goalie to replace him.
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Level 79
Nov 14, 2019
Named as many Swedish hockey players I could think of.
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Level 67
Feb 20, 2020
This was exactly my strategy
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Level 63
Nov 15, 2019
Most of the Scandi countries once used the patronymic system where the fathers or grandfathers name is included in the "last" name. Iceland still does that btw.
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Level 72
Dec 10, 2019
Can't believe I got four of these and earned a point. I know next to nothing about Sweden.
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Level 73
Feb 5, 2020
Despite the rather obvious pattern here my Swedish best friend is Wichne, my former Swedish housemate is Malmqvist, two of my other Swedish acquaintances are Angborn and Karlkvist. I have also seen a doctor, who is Australian, but of Swedish descent and they're surname is Sandstrom. A surprising lack of 'sons'.
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Level 59
Feb 20, 2020
The -sons are definitely dominant, but after them I'd say the most common last names end in -ström, -berg, and -quist/qvist. I'm Swedish by the way.
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Level 59
Feb 20, 2020
10 NHL names on this list
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Level 72
Feb 20, 2020
Interesting how while many of these names are common in America, most of them were changed slightly upon immigration to make them more American/English sounding. Two of my ancestors would have been Sven Svensson and Bengt Bengtsson in Sweden, but they became Swen Swenson and Ben Benson in America.
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Level 67
Jul 9, 2020
Everyone's is like that. It's also interesting how naming conventions changed. If you meet an American named McSomething, chances are that their family came over from Scotland before the Civil War. If they're named MacSomething, chances are they came over afterwards. It's sadly reflected in the fact that I've met a lot of American black people with a "Mc" last name but never one with a "Mac" last name.
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Level 62
Feb 20, 2020
Go on my son.
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Level 58
Feb 20, 2020
Carry on my wayward son
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Level 76
Feb 20, 2020
Typing in "Johnson" got me "Jonsson", but not "Jönsson". I would think it would be both or neither.
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Level 57
Feb 20, 2020
I was wondering the same thing.
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Level 67
May 22, 2020
I noticed that there's an odd difference between the answer stats for Jonsson and Jönsson. But this probably simply because Johnson is an alternative spelling of Jonsson, but not of Jönsson.
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Level 57
Feb 20, 2020
I did a lot worse than I thought I would. When none of the hockey playing -bergs or -stroms I could think of came up, I was screwed. I used a lot of those.
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Level 53
Feb 20, 2020
where is mohammad or something like that haha
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Level 60
Feb 20, 2020
um... mohammad?
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Level 59
Feb 20, 2020
And this is precisely why my mom refused to take my dad's childhood name Petersson.
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Level 56
Feb 20, 2020
Being from North Dakota, I had an advantage by guessing the names of people from my hometown.
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Level 74
Feb 20, 2020
Where is Ibrahimović?
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Level 56
Feb 21, 2020
at one point I even tried Radisson.
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Level 58
Apr 29, 2020
shoutout to lindberg for being original
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Level 57
May 17, 2020
Inputting many Swedish football player names ending in *lin and *vist but none are accepted.
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Level 33
Jun 18, 2020
Marcus Persson creator of minecraft.
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Level 19
Dec 24, 2020
Ifailedsson