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Nilsen Name Meaning

Norwegian: patronymic from the personal name Nils a shortened form of Nikolaus. This form of the surname is also found in Denmark but it is rare there. Compare Nelsen . Altered form of Norwegian Nilssen a variant of 1 and probably also of the Danish Norwegian or North German cognate Nielsen (compare Nilson ).

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

Similar surnames: Nielsen, Nissen, Niesen, Gillen, Nelsen, Wilson, Billen, Nelson

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Where is the Nilsen family from?

You can see how Nilsen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nilsen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Nilsen families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 5 Nilsen families living in Ontario. This was about 71% of all the recorded Nilsen's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Nilsen families in 1911.
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What did your Nilsen ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Nilsen. 100% of Nilsen 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
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Census Records

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Nilsen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nilsen 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 64,000 immigration records available for the last name Nilsen. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Nilsen. For the veterans among your Nilsen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Nilsen lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Nilsen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Nilsen in 1950 was 41, and 82 in 2004.

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