History of your Surname
Get access to Christensen family records.Start a free trial

Christensen Family History

Christensen Name Meaning

Danish Norwegian and North German: patronymic from the personal name Christen . In North America this surname is also an altered form of the especially Danish and Norwegian variant Kristensen . Compare Christenson and Christianson .

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


Similar surnames: Christenson, Carstensen, Christiansen, Kristensen, Christerson

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Christensen family from?

You can see how Christensen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Christensen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Christensen families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 496 Christensen families living in Utah. This was about 24% of all the recorded Christensen's in USA. Utah had the highest population of Christensen families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Christensen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Christensen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Christensen. 21% of Christensen men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Christensen women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Christensen were Salesman and Maid. .

View Census Data for Christensen | Data not to scale

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    21%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Carpenter
    5%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Maid
    6%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Christensen family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 207,000 census records available for the last name Christensen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Christensen census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Christensen

Passenger Lists

There are 115,000 immigration records available for the last name Christensen. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Christensen immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 48,000 military records available for the last name Christensen. For the veterans among your Christensen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Christensen military records

You've only scratched the surface of Christensen family history

Discover More

What is the average Christensen lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Christensen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Christensen in 1940 was 40, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Christensen

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Christensen family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial