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Nielsen Family History

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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Where is the Nielsen family from?

You can see how Nielsen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nielsen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Nielsen families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 33 Nielsen families living in New Brunswick. This was about 56% of all the recorded Nielsen's in Canada. New Brunswick had the highest population of Nielsen families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Nielsen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Nielsen ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Nielsen. 74% of Nielsen men worked as a 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
    74%
  • Gardener
    16%
  • Laborer
    11%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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