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

The history of the Jensen family began in the historic kingdom of Schleswig, which is the northernmost state in western Germany. German surnames developed at a time when most of Schleswig, and most of the German provinces, were states of the Holy Roman Empire. At first people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to differentiate themselves. Fairly general principles guided the development of hereditary surnames in Schleswig. Two of the common types of family names found in the Schleswig are patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The surname Jensen derived from the personal names Jen, Jan, and Jon, which are all forms of the name John. The name John is originally derived from the Hebrew personal name Johanan, which literally means "Jehovah has favored."


Spelling variations of this family name include: Jansen, Janssen, Jannsen, Jannssen, Janson, Jansson, Jansens, Janssens, Jannssens, Janzen, Jantzen, Janz, Jantz, Jans, Jaenz, Jaentz, Jaens, Jenz, Jentz, Jens, Jensen, Jenssen, Jensson, Jenzen and many more.

First found in Holstein, where this family made important contributions toward the development of this district from ancient times. Always prominent in social and political affairs, the family formed alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. Although branches of this family are to be found in the Netherlands and Denmark, German branches were distinct and had their own history from early on.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jensen research. Another 228 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1783, 1813, 1829, 1837, 1860, 1875, 1878, 1880, and 1891 are included under the topic Early Jensen History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 71 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jensen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Jensen Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Jensen, aged 32, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Peder Jensen, aged 25, landed in New York, NY in 1843
  • Hans Andrias Jensen, aged 2, landed in New York, NY in 1843
  • Emma Jensen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Trol Conrad Jensen, who landed in New York in 1850

Jensen Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Sara Benthim Jensen, who landed in Arkansas in 1904
  • Knud T Jensen, aged 21, arrived in New York, NY in 1904
  • Dorthea Jensen, who landed in Colorado in 1905
  • Paul Jensen, who arrived in Arkansas in 1905
  • Lauriz Jensen, who arrived in Mississippi in 1906


  • Ronald Bjorn Jensen (b. 1936), American mathematician awarded the Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research in 2003
  • Debra Jensen (b. 1958), American model
  • Mr. Niels Peder "Rasmus" Jensen (d. 1912), aged 48, American Third Class passenger from Portland, Oregon who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Johannes Hans Daniel Jensen (1907-1973), German physicist who co-won the 1963 Nobel Prize for Physics
  • Anders Thomas Jensen (b. 1972), Danish screenwriter and film director
  • Anne Elisabet Jensen (b. 1951), Danish politician
  • Ashley Samantha Jensen (b. 1969), Scottish actress
  • Axel Buchardt Jensen (1932-2003), Norwegian author
  • Bjørg Eva Jensen (b. 1960), Norwegian speed skater
  • Carsten Jensen (b. 1952), Danish author and political columnist



  • The Sogndalers by Ted Lawrence Bartlett.

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The Jensen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jensen 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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