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Mortensen Family History

Mortensen Name Meaning

Danish Norwegian and North German: patronymic from the personal name Morten a vernacular form of Martin

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


Similar surnames: Martensen, Morgensen, Mortenson, Jorgensen, Martinsen, Lorensen

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Where is the Mortensen family from?

You can see how Mortensen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mortensen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Mortensen families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 79 Mortensen families living in Utah. This was about 27% of all the recorded Mortensen's in USA. Utah had the highest population of Mortensen families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Mortensen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Mortensen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Mortensen. 19% of Mortensen men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Mortensen women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mortensen 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
    19%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Carpenter
    6%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Clerk
    7%
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Census Records

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Mortensen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mortensen 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 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Mortensen. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Mortensen. For the veterans among your Mortensen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mortensen lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Mortensen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Mortensen in 1944 was 70, and 77 in 2004.

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