Olsson Family History

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Olsson Name Meaning

Swedish: patronymic from the personal name Olaf (see Olsen). German (Eastphalia): patronymic from a short form of the personal name Ulrich.

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

Similar surnames: Ohlsson, Jonsson, Classon, Nilsson, Holston, Sisson, Olson, Colston

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Olsson Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Olsson name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Olsson. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Sweden


  • Norway


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


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Olsson Family Origin

Where is the Olsson family from?

Olsson Family Occupations

What did your Olsson ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Olsson family was Butcher. The most common Olsson occupation in the USA was Farmer. 43% of Olsson's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Blacksmith were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Olsson.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Blacksmith

  • Butcher


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Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Olsson ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Olsson Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Olsson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Olsson census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 120,000 immigration records available for the last name Olsson. 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 Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Olsson. For the veterans among your Olsson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Olsson Life Expectancy

What is the average Olsson lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Olsson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Olsson in 1941 was 34, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Olsson

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Olsson ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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