The origin of the distinguished Amundsen family can be traced to the rugged Scandinavian country of Norway. The surname Amundsen is derived from the Scandinavian personal name Aghmund. This comes from the Germanic name Agi-mund, which in turn is derived from the Old Icelandic name Ogmundr, which signifies awe-protection. However, the name is also occasionally derived from the Old Norse names Hamundr, which means high protection, or Amundr, which means ancestor protection or forever guardian.
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Amundsen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Ole Amundsen, aged 33, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "England" in 1872
Bertha Amundsen, aged 31, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "England" in 1872
Marie Josephine Amundsen, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "England" in 1872
Anna Amundsen, aged 5, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "England" in 1872
Ole Amundsen, aged 3, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "England" in 1872
^ 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)
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