Olsen Name Meaning

Danish and Norwegian: patronymic from the personal name Olaf, Olav (Old Norse Óláfr, Ólafr, variant Óleifr, earlier Anleifr, from proto-Scandinavian elements meaning ‘ancestor’ + ‘heir’, ‘descendant’). Olaf 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 St. Olaf, King of Norway, who brought Christianity to his country c.1030. This surname, the second most common in Norway, is also established in England, notably in the Newcastle upon Tyne area. German (Ölsen): habitational name from any of several places so named, in Saxony, Brandenburg, and the Rhineland.

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


Similar surnames: Osen, Olden, Elsen, Lien, Ohlsen, Olen, Glen, Kolden, Pollen, Elden

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Olsen Family Origin

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Olsen Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    26%
  • School

    12%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Student

    9%

In 1881, Farmer, School and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Olsen. A less common occupation for the Olsen family was Student. The most common Olsen occupation in Canada was Farmer. 26% of Olsen's were Farmers.

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Between 1941 and 2004, Olsen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Olsen in 1941 was 33, and 76 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Olsen

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