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Hansen Family History

Hansen Name Meaning

Danish, Norwegian, Dutch, and North German: patronymic from the personal name Hans.

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


Similar surnames: Hanssen, Jansen, Hensen, Hanser, Hannen, Hansel, Hanse, Hanson

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Where is the Hansen family from?

You can see how Hansen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hansen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hansen families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 16 Hansen families living in New York. This was about 80% of all the recorded Hansen's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Hansen families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hansen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hansen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hansen. 14% of Hansen men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Hansen women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hansen were Salesman and Housekeeper.

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*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
    14%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Carpenter
    5%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    5%
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What Hansen family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 553,000 census records available for the last name Hansen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hansen census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 377,000 immigration records available for the last name Hansen. 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.

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Draft Cards

There are 117,000 military records available for the last name Hansen. For the veterans among your Hansen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hansen lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hansen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Hansen in 1940 was 36, and 76 in 2004.

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