Hanson Family History

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Hanson Name Meaning

English (chiefly Midlands and northern England, especially Yorkshire): patronymic from Hann or the byname Hand. Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hAmhsaigh (see Hampson 2). Irish: variant of McKittrick. Respelling of Scandinavian Hansen or Hansson. Jewish (Ashkenazic): metronymic from the female personal name Hanna.

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

Similar surnames: Henson, Manson, Hannon, Hasson, Hanlon, Anson, Ranson, Janson, Ganson

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Hanson Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Hanson name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Hanson. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Norway


  • Germanic Europe


  • Sweden


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Hanson Family Origin

Where is the Hanson family from?

Hanson Family Occupations

What did your Hanson ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hanson. A less common occupation for the Hanson family was Carpenter. The most common Hanson occupation in the USA was Farmer. 44% of Hanson's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Hanson ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Hanson Historical Records

What Hanson family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 840,000 census records available for the last name Hanson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hanson census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 120,000 immigration records available for the last name Hanson. 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 Card

There are 109,000 military records available for the last name Hanson. For the veterans among your Hanson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hanson Life Expectancy

What is the average Hanson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hanson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Hanson in 1940 was 31, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Hanson

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hanson ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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