Take note: Johansson is no longer the most common Swedish surname. By a narrow margin, the most common last name in Sweden today is Andersson.

The number of Anderssons has not increased, but there’s been a decrease in the number of Johanssons. On December 31, 2012, there were 251,621 people with the name Andersson, a decrease of 3,288 in one year. Johansson decreased by 3,710, to 251,494 people, according to SCB (Statistics Sweden). The Karlsson clan is still in third place. In fact, all last names ending in –son continue to dominate. You have to go all the way to the 17th place to find Lindberg. What about first names? Anna and Lars are still hands down the most common first names in Sweden. But if you count all given names together, Anna and Lars both come in in third place, following Maria and Karl.


A look at first names: Most popular names for newborns and a slightly different take on our names: You are your name!