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Olsen Family History

Olsen Name Meaning
Danish and Norwegian: patronymic from the personal name Olaf, Olav (Old Norse Óláfr, Ólafr, variant Óleifr, earlier Anleifr, from proto-Scandinavian elements meaning ‘ancestor’ + ‘heir’, ‘descendant’). Olaf has always been one of the most common Scandinavian names; it continued to be popular in the Middle Ages, in part as a result of the fame of St. Olaf, King of Norway, who brought Christianity to his country c.1030. This surname, the second most common in Norway, is also established in England, notably in the Newcastle upon Tyne area.German (Ölsen): habitational name from any of several places so named, in Saxony, Brandenburg, and the Rhineland.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Olsen Families

  • Number of Olsen families
     844 - 1,685
     282 - 843
     1 - 281
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Olsen families
     56 - 109
     19 - 55
     1 - 18
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Olsen families
     12 - 21
     5 - 11
     1 - 4
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Olsen Family Origin

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Olsen Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Olsen

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Olsen Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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