Nilson Family History

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Nilson Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of Swedish Nilsson or Norwegian Nilsen.

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

Similar surnames: Nelson, Neilson, Ohlson, Nilsen, Nilsson, Bilson, Gillson, Lifson

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Nilson Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Nilson name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Sweden


  • Norway


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


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Nilson Family Origin

Where is the Nilson family from?

Nilson Family Occupations

What did your Nilson ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Nilson family was Carpenter. The most common Nilson occupation in the USA was Farmer. 62% of Nilson's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Nilson.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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

Nilson Historical Records

What Nilson family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 63,000 census records available for the last name Nilson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nilson 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 86,000 immigration records available for the last name Nilson. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Nilson. For the veterans among your Nilson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Nilson Life Expectancy

What is the average Nilson lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Nilson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Nilson in 1954 was 48, and 82 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Nilson 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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