Nielsen Family History

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Nielsen Name Meaning

Danish, Norwegian, and North German (especially Schleswig-Holstein): patronymic from the personal name Niels, a reduced form of Nikolaus (see Nicholas).

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

Similar surnames: Nilsen, Niesen, Niessen, Nickelsen, Danielsen, Diersen, Nissen

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Nielsen Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Nielsen name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Sweden


  • Norway


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Nielsen Family Origin

Where is the Nielsen family from?

Nielsen Family Occupations

What did your Nielsen ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Nielsen. The most common Nielsen occupation in the USA was Farmer. 46% of Nielsen's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Nielsen family was Blacksmith.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Blacksmith


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

Nielsen Historical Records

What Nielsen family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 111,000 census records available for the last name Nielsen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nielsen 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 181,000 immigration records available for the last name Nielsen. 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 Card

There are 29,000 military records available for the last name Nielsen. For the veterans among your Nielsen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Nielsen Life Expectancy

What is the average Nielsen lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Nielsen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Nielsen in 1940 was 40, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Nielsen

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Nielsen 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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