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Olson Family History

Olson Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of Swedish Olsson or Danish and Norwegian Olsen.

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


Similar surnames: Oleson, Ohlson, Olsson, Olsen, Olesen, Elson, Ohlsson, Monson, Osen

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Where is the Olson family from?

You can see how Olson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Olson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Olson families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 746 Olson families living in Saskatchewan. This was about 33% of all the recorded Olson's in Canada. Saskatchewan had the highest population of Olson families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Olson surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Olson ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Olson. 58% of Olson men worked as a Farmer and 19% of Olson women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Olson were Carpenter and Servant.

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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
    58%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    19%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Domestic
    9%
  • Servant
    8%
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Census Records

There are 754,000 census records available for the last name Olson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Olson 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 168,000 immigration records available for the last name Olson. 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 127,000 military records available for the last name Olson. For the veterans among your Olson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Olson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Olson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Olson in 1940 was 34, and 77 in 2004.

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