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Jansen Family History

Jansen Name Meaning

Dutch Flemish Norwegian Danish and North German: patronymic from the personal name Jan a shortened vernacular form of Johannes (see John ). In North America this surname is also an altered form of the variant Janssen . Compare Janson 1 and Johnson .

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

Similar surnames: Janssen, Jensen, Hansen, Janson, Johnsen, Jepsen, Jansson, Janes

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Where is the Jansen family from?

You can see how Jansen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jansen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Jansen families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 65 Jansen families living in Ontario. This was about 40% of all the recorded Jansen's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Jansen families in 1911.
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What did your Jansen ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Jansen. 60% of Jansen men worked as a Farmer and 24% of Jansen women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jansen were Carpenter and Farmer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Clerk
  • Couturire
  • Servant
  • Farmer
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Census Records

There are 79,000 census records available for the last name Jansen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Jansen 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 49,000 immigration records available for the last name Jansen. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 17,000 military records available for the last name Jansen. For the veterans among your Jansen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Jansen lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Jansen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Jansen in 1940 was 42, and 76 in 2004.

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