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Nelsen Name Meaning

Americanized form of Danish Norwegian and North German Nielsen or Nilsen . Compare Nelson . Flemish and German: patronymic from Nelis .

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


Similar surnames: Nielsen, Holsen, Nilsen, Nelson, Neisen, Hensen, Nelles, Nissen

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Where is the Nelsen family from?

You can see how Nelsen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nelsen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Nelsen families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Nelsen family living in North Carolina. This was 100% of all the recorded Nelsen's in USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Nelsen families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Nelsen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Nelsen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Nelsen. 22% of Nelsen men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Nelsen women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Nelsen were Salesman and Housewife. .

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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
    22%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Carpenter
    7%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Maid
    12%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Housewife
    7%
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Census Records

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Nelsen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nelsen 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Nelsen. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Nelsen. For the veterans among your Nelsen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Nelsen lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Nelsen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Nelsen in 1949 was 47, and 81 in 2004.

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