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Olafsen Name Meaning

Norwegian and Danish: patronymic from the personal name Olaf from Old Norse Óláfr Ólafr variant Óleifr earlier Anleifr from proto-Scandinavian elements meaning ‘ancestor’ + ‘heir descendant’. Olaf (also Olav in Sweden Olof) has always been one of the most common Scandinavian names; it continued to be popular in the Middle Ages in part as a result of the fame of Saint Olaf King of Norway who brought Christianity to his country c. 1030. This surname is rare in Denmark. Compare Olafson .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Olafson, Olsen, Lassen, Clausen, Klausen, Clasen, Larsen, Klassen

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You can see how Olafsen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Olafsen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Olafsen families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 2 Olafsen families living in British Columbia. This was about 50% of all the recorded Olafsen's in Canada. British Columbia and 1 other province had the highest population of Olafsen families in 1911.
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What did your Olafsen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the USA named Olafsen. 100% of Olafsen men worked as a Laborer. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
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Census Records

There are 430 census records available for the last name Olafsen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Olafsen 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

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There are 76 military records available for the last name Olafsen. For the veterans among your Olafsen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Olafsen lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2003, in the United States, Olafsen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Olafsen in 1950 was 36, and 86 in 2003.

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