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Where did the English Hansen family come from? What is the English Hansen family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hansen family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hansen family history?

The earliest origins of the name Hansen date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Hans. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.


Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hansen include Hanson, Hansom and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hansen research. Another 300 words(21 lines of text) covering the year 1675 is included under the topic Early Hansen History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Hansen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hansen or a variant listed above:

Hansen Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Hans Hansen, who landed in New Jersey in 1640
  • Thomas Hansen, who landed in Virginia in 1656
  • Symon Hansen, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1663
  • Hartwig Hansen, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1663
  • Hendrick Hansen, who landed in New York, NY in 1663

Hansen Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Isabella Hansen, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Elias Hansen, who arrived in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina sometime between 1775 and 1779

Hansen Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Niels Christian Holger E Hansen, who landed in New York in 1835
  • Even Hansen, aged 50, arrived in New York, NY in 1840
  • Hans Jacob Hansen, aged 26, landed in New York, NY in 1843
  • Fritz Hein Hansen, who came to Texas in 1845
  • Heinrich Hansen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850

Hansen Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • John J Hansen, who arrived in Alaska in 1903
  • Joppe Hansen, who arrived in Arkansas in 1904
  • Otto Hansen, who landed in Alabama in 1913
  • Sigurd Hansen, who landed in Alabama in 1917
  • Charles Hansen, who landed in Alabama in 1918


  • Marcus Lee Hansen (1892-1938), American historian
  • Clifford Peter Hansen (1912-2009), American politician, Governor of Wyoming from 1963 to 1967
  • Private Dale Merlin Hansen (1922-1945), American Marine awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Peter Hansen (b. 1921), American Daytime Emmy Award-winning American actor
  • William Webster Hansen (1909-1949), American physicist who was one of the founders of the technology of microwave electronics
  • Brigadier-General Victor Russell Hansen (1904-1980), American Adjutant-General of California (1944-1946)
  • Alvin Harvey Hansen (1887-1975), American economist
  • George V. Hansen (b. 1930), American politician from Idaho
  • Peter Hansen (b. 1921), American actor
  • Lars Peter Hansen (b. 1952), American David Rockefeller Distinguished Service Professor of economics at the University of Chicago, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (2013)



  • Ancestors and Kin by Robert Walden Coggeshall.
  • The Genealogy of Dale Winslow Hansen by Dale W. Hansen.

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The Hansen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hansen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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