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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

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The origin of the distinguished Larson family can be traced to the historic Scandinavian country of Sweden. The surname Larson is derived from the personal name Lars, which is a pet form of the name Lawrence. This name is in turn derived from the Latin name Laurentius, which literally means man from Laurentium, a town in Italy named for its laurels or bay trees. The popularity of this name in medieval Europe is due to the exploits of a saint who was martyred at Rome in the 3rd century. The suffix -sen and its variants are translatable as son of.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Larson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Lars Larson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1825
  • L Larson, aged 24, landed in New Orleans, La in 1846
  • Johannes Larson, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1847
  • Barth Larson, who arrived in Mississippi in 1849
  • Samuel Larson, aged 45, arrived in New York in 1850


Larson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Lars Andrew Larson, who landed in Wisconsin in 1907
  • Esten Larson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1913
  • Mads Larson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1914
  • Nels Larson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1923
  • Axel Werner Larson, who landed in Alabama in 1923


Larson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Thoston Larson, aged 40, a farmer, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • Maren Larson, aged 39, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • Thosten Larson, aged 10, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • Edward Larson, aged 7, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • Launtz Larson, aged 3, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875


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  • William E. "Bill" Larson (1938-2015), American football player who played with the Boston Patriots in 1960
  • Jack Edward Larson (1928-2015), American actor, screenwriter and producer, best known for his portrayal of Jimmy Olsen on the TV series The Adventures of Superman
  • Kate Clifford Larson, American historian and Harriet Tubman scholar
  • Walter Larson, American businessman and founder of Larson International, a designer and manufacturer of amusement rides based in Plainview, Texas
  • Major Donald A. Larson (d. 1944), USAAF fighter pilot and ace killed in action on 4th of August 1944, eponym of the Larson Air Force Base, Washington
  • Major-General Westside T. Larson (1892-1977), American Commanding General of the VIII Fighter Command, High Wycombe, England (1945)
  • Nathan Larson (b. 1970), American film composer, musician, and author
  • Brie Larson (b. 1989), American actress and pop rock singer/songwriter
  • Ronald Edwin "Ron" Larson (b. 1941), American mathematician and author
  • Eric Larson (1905-1988), American animator for the Walt Disney Studios, one of the "Disney's Nine Old Men", he worked on Snow White, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and many more

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  • Life in Nebraska and our Heritage by Ellen Larson.
  • The Larson Legacy by Lee Grippen.
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The Larson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Larson 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.

This page was last modified on 10 December 2015 at 19:30.

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