Explore the Family Name Johansson

The meaning of Johansson

Swedish: patronymic from the personal name Johan, Scandinavian form of John. Compare Johanson and Johnson. Some characteristic forenames: Scandinavian Lars, Anders, Erik, Nils, Lennart, Per, Alf, Bjorn, Mats, Sven, Alarik, Bernt.

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How common is the last name Johansson in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname Johansson has seen a slight uptick in the past decade. In 2000, Johansson was ranked as the 11,810th most popular surname, with 2,429 individuals identified by this last name. By 2010, the surname climbed to the 11,624th spot and saw an increase in count to 2,698 individuals. This represents a growth in popularity by 1.57% and an increase in quantity by 11.07%, evidencing a steady rise in the use of this surname.

Proportion per 100k0.90.911.11%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Johansson

The ethnic identity tied to the surname Johansson has experienced a shift between 2000 and 2010 according to the Decennial U.S. Census data. While White remains the dominant ethnicity associated with the surname, it has decreased slightly from 94.52% to 91.66%. Notably, there have been increases across other ethnic identities: Asian or Pacific Islander group increased from 1.07% to 1.63%, those identifying with two or more races saw an increase from 1.73% to 2.82%, Hispanic representation grew from 1.98% to 2.93%, and Black went up from 0.33% to 0.63%. However, one ethnicity saw a decrease - American Indian and Alaskan Native fell from 0.37% to 0.33%. These shifts suggest a growing diversity among those carrying the Johansson surname.

Two or More Races1.73%2.82%63.01%
Asian/Pacific Islander1.07%1.63%52.34%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.37%0.33%-10.81%

Johansson ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Johansson is Scandinavian, which comprises 47.5% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (20.1%) and French & German (10.8%). Additional ancestries include Finnish, Eastern European, Spanish & Portuguese, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Italian.

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British & Irish20.1%
French & German10.8%

Possible origins of the surname Johansson

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Johansson have recent ancestry locations in Sweden and United Kingdom.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Stockholm County, Sweden65.60%
Vastra Gotaland County, Sweden65.60%
Skane County, Sweden62.60%
Ostergotland County, Sweden59.50%
Varmland County, Sweden58.00%

What Johansson haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Johansson is R-P312, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-P312 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include I-Z58 and I-L22, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Nord, Bergquist, Iversen, Ellingson, Persson, Knudson, Solberg, Bakken, Lundgren, Moen.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Johansson surname are: U2_3_4_7_8_9, H, H1. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

johanssonPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Johansson have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Johansson" Surname 47.5%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Johansson" Surname 30.8%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Johansson" Surname 19.1%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Johansson" Surname 14.4%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Johansson?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Johansson are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Scandinavian 62.9%

23andMe Users 57.2%