Nilsson Family History

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Nilsson Name Meaning

Swedish: patronymic from the personal name Nils, a reduced form of Nikolaus (see Nicholas).

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


Similar surnames: Nilsen, Nissen, Olsson, Ohlsson, Wilson, Nelson, Niessen, Nickson

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Nilsson Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Nilsson name?

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

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  • Sweden

    35%

  • Norway

    20%

  • England & Wales

    19%

  • Finland

    8%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    6%

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Nilsson Family Origin

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Nilsson Family Occupations

What did your Nilsson ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Nilsson occupation in the USA was Farmer. 47% of Nilsson's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Nilsson family was Blacksmith. Farmer, Laborer and Agr Impl. Traveling Agent were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Nilsson.

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  • Farmer

    47%
  • Laborer

    13%
  • Agr Impl. Traveling Agent

    7%
  • Blacksmith

    7%

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

Nilsson Historical Records

What Nilsson family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Nilsson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nilsson 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 133,000 immigration records available for the last name Nilsson. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Nilsson. For the veterans among your Nilsson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Nilsson Life Expectancy

What is the average Nilsson lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Nilsson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Nilsson in 1946 was 37, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Nilsson

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Nilsson 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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