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Olen Name Meaning

Dutch: patronymic from Oele, Oole, a short form of any of the Germanic compound names with the first element odal ‘wealth’, e.g. Odelbert (with second element berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’). Swedish (Olén, Ölén): probably an ornamental name; etymology unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Olin, Oden, Bolen, Nolen, Osen, Olden, Olan, Oren, Dolen, Colen

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Where is the Olen family from?

You can see how Olen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Olen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Olen families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 6 Olen families living in Connecticut. This was about 40% of all the recorded Olen's in the USA. Connecticut had the highest population of Olen families in 1840.
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What did your Olen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Olen. 23% of Olen men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Olen women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Olen were Farmer and Housework.

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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

  • Laborer
    23%
  • Salesman
    17%
  • Carpenter
    9%
  • Farmer
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    11%
  • Waitress
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Housework
    11%
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Census Records

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

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What is the average Olen lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Olen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Olen in 1942 was 42, and 68 in 2004.

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