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Michelsen Name Meaning

North German, Dutch, Danish, and Norwegian: patronymic from the personal name Michel (see Michael).

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


Similar surnames: Michaelsen, Mickelsen, Michelson, Mikkelsen, Nickelsen, Michels

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Where is the Michelsen family from?

You can see how Michelsen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Michelsen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Michelsen families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 20 Michelsen families living in Iowa. This was about 16% of all the recorded Michelsen's in USA. Iowa had the highest population of Michelsen families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Michelsen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Michelsen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Michelsen. 20% of Michelsen men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Michelsen women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Michelsen were Salesman and Clerk. .

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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
    20%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Carpenter
    8%
  • Salesman
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    17%
  • Housewife
    17%
  • Nurse
    11%
  • Clerk
    11%
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Michelsen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Michelsen 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Michelsen. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Michelsen. For the veterans among your Michelsen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Michelsen lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Michelsen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Michelsen in 1948 was 36, and 85 in 2004.

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