Swedish Statistics - Regional Distribution

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Names are typically distributed differently within the regions of a country. For Sweden, we have performed an analysis, based on peoples' places of birth in the 19th century.

Method

Based on the 1880 census in Sweden, we have associated peoples' first names with their place of birth. All locations are grouped by region (Swedish: lantskap). Only the first given name is considered in the analysis. Analysis is made only for names present at least 100 times in the database. All persons in the database have been considered; they are born 1880 or earlier with the strongest emphasis in 1840 to 1880 due to normal population evolution. Spelling variants are treated as different names.

In the result pictures, the colour grading is relative to the region with the highest rate of occurrence of this name, i.e. not absolute. Percentage numbers are the relative share of all male or female persons in that region.

Results

Even for common names, the usage range differs widely over the country. E.g. Anna or Johanna and Anders, Johan, Jan or Sven:

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Spelling Variants

Different typographic versions of a name are used in different regions, e.g. Brita and Britta:

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or Carl and Karl:

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Biblical Names

Some biblical names are more usual in Northern Sweden e.g. Jonas or Mikael

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This observation can, not be made for all biblical names, however. Compare the distribution of Jakob/Jacob below, which is most prominent on the island of Gotland.

Skåne Name: Ola

The name Ola, even today associated with Southern Sweden, is quite strictly regionally limited:

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Danish and Norwegian Influence

Names with Danish or Norwegian influence can typically be found in Skåne or in Jämtland/Härjedalen, e.g. Ingeborg or Ole:

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Regional Names

Some names are used particularly in certain regions, such as Gertrud or Jakob (also similar for Jacob) and Inger

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Some variants have reached regionally a considerable rate of usage, but have not come into use nationwide and are today rather uncommon, such as Margta:

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Low German Influence

Names with Low German origin, such as Annika or Klas are concentrated to areas closer to the major harbours.

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Both Gender's Names

Only one name in the considered statistics base has been used for both male and female persons to a considerable degree, Elis. Notice the different gender associations go female (left) and male (right) in different regions:

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Additionally, the gender association of Elis has shifted to one side over time. In 1880, about 22 % of the name bearers where female, in contrast to today less than 2 %.

Names with Swedish Region Maps

Names are ordered by decreasing commonness in the statistics considered. For an alphabetic list see here.

Female Names

Anna Johanna Maria Emma Brita Augusta Kristina Ida Stina Maja Hilda Sofia Christina Carolina Hanna Karolina Mathilda Lovisa Hulda Alma Elna Sara Amanda Hilma Ingrid Karin Elin Selma Eva Kerstin Bengta Kajsa Charlotta Greta Matilda Josefina Helena Klara Inga Lisa Clara Britta Karna Jenny Gustafva Albertina Margreta Fredrika Ingeborg Katrina Lena Märta Sigrid Hedvig Edla Emilia Hedda Katarina Ulrika Amalia Kersti Gerda Beata Wilhelmina Carin Erika Cecilia Ingar Emelie Agnes Sissa Ellen Lotta Petronella Cajsa Elisabeth Catharina Marta Julia Thilda Kjersti Pernilla Elsa Beda Gertrud Betty Olga Inger Margareta Frida Magdalena Olivia Signe Margta Martha Tilda Gustava Ester Kjerstin Marit Ebba Elisabet Else Lydia Katharina Nilla Tekla Botilla Vilhelmina Boel Bertha Alida Hildur Bothilda Elise Alfrida Thekla Märtha Helga Laura Berta Justina Elina Olena Paulina Agda Ada Nanny Cathrina Bernhardina Annette Susanna Annika Agneta Ingri Emilie Mätta Wendla Juliana Margaretha Emeli Oliva Dorothea Regina Elvira Emelia Mina Malena Esther Marget Neta Fanny Marna Gunilla Kathrina Hildegard Eleonora Eugenia Vendla Ella Ulla Lina Sophia Ottilia Adolfina Axelina Martina Margretha Severina Marie Nelly Elisa Blenda Benedikta Aurora Botilda Engla Adelina Sissela Mariana Eljena Assarina Dorotea Catrina Emmy Märet Gölin Ewa Henrika Rebecka Catarina Syster Elis Lisbeth Evelina Elfrida Bolla Edith Ingegerd Henrietta Blända Thyra Kerstina Edela Wendela Svea Lisbet Mait Oleana Olu Andrietta Theresia Gunhild Ingerd Elida Sabina Amelie Nanna Elemina Lowisa Brigitta Ruth Elma Peternilla Josephina Bina Cicilia Anette Tyra Walborg Barbro Alfhild Ulrica Ingjerd Sanna Vendela Svenborg Josefa Alexandra Louise Pella Erica Emili Rosalie Anny Gretha Jakobina Malin Davida Teresia Thora Lilly Rosa Judith Edit Margit Ellika Dagmar Linda Natalia Valborg Henriette Märeth Malvina Almida Leontina Emerentia Troen Kjerstina Alvida Serafia Botil Nora Estrid Ingelöf Ragnhild Alice Gunilda Jeanna Ellida Benedicta Sally Thecla Henny Lucia Siri Teckla Georgina Sofie Nikolina Gustafwa Nathalia Augustina Börta Alvina Kaisa Cherstin Magdlena Gunild Dina Nina Ottiliana Fina Rosina Cristina Laurentia Astrid Adelaide Milda Helfrid Marina Böret Viktoria Amelia Barbru Maglena Gunnild Jacobina Celia Metta Annie Rakel Antonia Mari Caisa Arvida Barbara Aqvilina Therese Fredrica Gunnil Gurli Annicka Manda Eda Abela Alva Signild Emfrid Eufrosyna Andrea Märit Sigri Birgitta Antoinette Judit Magreta Janna Otilia Almina Mary Annett Charlotte Kristin Louisa Olava Victoria Emmeli Engel Ingegärd Olina Pehrnilla Ameli Goda Andriette Sofi Laurina Albina Bothilla Adela Mimmi Adina Alfhilda Hertha Adéle Alina Elena Gunhilda Desideria Christine Eufrosyne Zelma Ursila Benkta Helfrida Tyre Anni Britha Göthilda Helma Ädla Constantia Nancy Lusse Inez Ana Constance Tora Eli Elmina Wilma Jeanette Magda Magna Tecla Theckla Allida Selina Aina Adele Una Florentina Beatha Chatarina Theodora

Male Names

Johan Anders Carl Karl Per Nils Gustaf Erik Lars Olof Johannes Sven August Axel Jonas Frans Peter Jöns Jan Hans Oskar Ola Otto Alfred Adolf Ernst Magnus Fredrik Bengt Andreas Pehr Anton Emil Klas Oscar Petter John Jakob Knut Jon Daniel Henrik Edvard Samuel Albert Isak Martin Olaus Mårten Wilhelm Josef Herman Eric Måns Aron Elias Bror David Håkan Janne Svante Hjalmar Viktor Abraham Jacob Alexander Emanuel Arvid Claes Ludvig Salomon Albin Niklas Bernhard Fritz Petrus Christian Swen Pål Robert Victor Vilhelm Göran Henning Georg Alfrid Julius Kristian Elof Mathias Mats Claës Matts Israel Clas Theodor Åke Simon Ivar Gottfrid Erland Olle Hugo Berndt Edvin Gabriel Klaes Thure Börje Adam Nikolaus Mattis Joel Rudolf Paul Gunnar Richard Leonard Bernt Harald Jeppa Kristoffer Reinhold Konrad Amandus Frits Hilmer Charles Birger Thomas Wiktor Severin Sigfrid Paulus Ferdinand Conrad Algot Elis Frithiof Truls Teodor Benjamin Leander Pontus Mauritz Walfrid Rasmus Herrman Enoch Ture Efraim Lorens Lorentz Abram Patrik Zacharias Christen Christoffer Sten Justus Fridolf Mattias Linus Klaës Filip Abel Seth Johannis Thor Fritiof Ulrik Helge Kristofer Tufve Edward Kristen Adrian Markus Eskil Zakarias Mikael Matias Pär Henric Swante Svening Fredric Sone Holger Levin Jean Valfrid Joël Halfvar Ivan Nikanor Arthur Olander Matthias Torsten Ragnar Maths Gustav Franz Kasper Niclas Halvar Gerhard Isac Helmer Gotthard Evald Tobias Artur Rickard Uno Adolph James Werner Esbjörn Tomas Hilding Gudmund Halvard Zachris Nicolaus Sanfrid Michael Hemming Lasse Sigurd Nathanael Hampus Jaen Fabian Alrik Einar Rikard Bonde Gumme Ole Ossian Wictor Noak Manne Ander Brynte Augustinus Noach Malkolm Jens Laurentius Joseph Mickel Trued Zakris Finn William Joakim Algott Rutger Esaias Tage Thorsten Waldemar Max Maurits Lorents Sixten Ingemar Josua Verner Simeon Stefan Mattes Gösta Israël Michel Enok Antonius Melker Christofer Magni Thore Sören Engelbrekt Lennart Alexis Bryngel Folke Mikel Bertil Malkom Sander Ingel Louis Christer Natanael Halfvard Leo Nestor Björn Augustin Hilde Malcolm Felix Iwar Peder Stefanus Joachim Philip Enock Marcus Assar Troed Alexius Jannes Melcher Albrekt Cornelius Barthold Calle Sune Claés Jarl Lambert Ingeman Rolf Bernander Alex Mathis Grels Moses