Hensen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The surname Hensen is a patronymic name, derived from the German personal name Johannes, and ultimately from the personal name Johan or John. These names are derived from the Hebrew name Yochanan, which literally means "Jehovah has favored."

This name, which was Latinized as Johannes, gained tremendous popularity throughout Europe during the medieval era. This is due to the exploits of St. John the Baptist, St. John the Evangelist, and nearly one thousand other saints of the same name. When the first syllable was dropped from Johannes, this left "Hannes." The suffix "-sen" and its variants are translatable as 'son of.'

Hensen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hansen, Hanssen, Hannessen, Hensen, Henssen and others.

Early Notables of the Hensen family (pre 1700)

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Hensen migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hensen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joh Hen Eberhart Hensen, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
Hensen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • J. Hensen, aged 25, originally from Sailors Home, Liverpool, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Liverpool, England [2]
  • Johanes Hensen, aged 17, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Liverpool, England [3]
  • Jens Hensen, aged 33, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "United States" from Copenhagen, Denmark [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hensen (post 1700)

  • Rex T. Hensen, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Idaho 1st District, 1938 [5]
  • Viktor Hensen (1835-1924), German physiologist, noted for his research in embryology and his studies of the sense organs

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QG-N3T : 6 December 2014), J. Hensen, 06 Mar 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WS-SZK : 6 December 2014), Johanes Hensen, 04 Jul 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WP-DM9 : 6 December 2014), Jens Hensen, 25 Aug 1919; citing departure port Copenhagen, arrival port New York, ship name United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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