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Where did the German Jenson family come from? When did the Jenson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Jenson family history?

The history of the Jenson 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 Jenson 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."

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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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jenson 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 Jenson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Jenson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Jenson, who arrived in Virginia in 1791

Jenson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jens Jenson, who arrived in Texas in 1847
  • Ole Jenson, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906
  • A C C Jenson, aged 34, landed in New York, NY in 1869
  • Johannes Jenson, aged 39, landed in New York, NY in 1869
  • Neils Jenson, who landed in Mississippi in 1880

Jenson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Jens Peder Jenson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1908
  • Jens Ole Jenson, who landed in Wisconsin in 1914
  • Erick Jenson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1920
  • Jacob Konrad Jenson, who landed in Wisconsin in 1928

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