Olson Family History

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Olson Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of Swedish Olsson or Danish and Norwegian Olsen.

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

Similar surnames: Oleson, Ohlson, Olsson, Olsen, Olesen, Elson, Ohlsson, Monson, Osen

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Olson Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Olson name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Norway


  • Sweden


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


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Olson Family Origin

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Olson Family Occupations

What did your Olson ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Olson Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 754,000 census records available for the last name Olson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Olson 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 168,000 immigration records available for the last name Olson. 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 127,000 military records available for the last name Olson. For the veterans among your Olson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Olson Life Expectancy

What is the average Olson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Olson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Olson in 1940 was 34, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Olson 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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