From Johnson to Lieser, here are the 20 most common surnames found in Stearns County.

Everybody knows that Minnesota is home of the Vikings -- both culturally and per our NFL football team. So it should come as no surprise that most of the surnames found on the following list are of Scandinavia origin, though you'll also find a smattering of English, Irish, German and other European heritages as well.

Per Forebears.com, here are the 20 most common last names in Stearns County (last updated 2014):

RankSurnameIncidenceFrequency
1Johnson1,3911:113
2Anderson1,0291:153
3Meyer8401:188
4Olson6501:242
5Nelson6411:246
6Miller5841:270
7Peterson5201:303
8Smith5011:314
9Schmitz4511:349
10Schneider4401:358
11Schmidt3931:401
12Heinen3691:427
13Klaphake3681:428
14Hansen3601:438
15Larson3581:440
15Thompson3581:440
17Fischer3541:445
18Weber3401:463
19Theisen3341:472
20Lieser3291:479

According to the Stearns County Government website, Stearns County was established in 1855. For sake of comparison, here are the 20 most common last names in Stearns County 25 years later in 1880:

1Smith1981:111
2Miller1581:139
3Johnson1191:185
4Brown881:250
5Olson831:265
6Meyer731:301
7Becker631:349
8Kramer601:366
9Theisen591:372
10Weber571:385
11Campbell541:407
12Davis531:414
13Nelson521:422
14Halvorson491:448
15Clark471:467
15Barrett471:467
17Anderson461:478
17Gray461:478
19Ethen451:488
19Baker451:488

So, do you have one of the most common last names in Stearns County or know someone who does?

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