Andersen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Andersen is derived from a Danish transformation of the personal name Andrew, originally "andreas" in Greek, meaning "manly, strong or courageous."

Andersen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Andersen, Anderson, Andersson, Andison, Androson, Andresoun, Andirston, Andirsoone, Andersoun, Andreason, Andersonne, Andersone, Anders and many more.


United States Andersen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Andersen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johannes Andersen, aged 6, who landed in New York, NY in 1843 [1]
  • Michel Andersen, aged 8, who landed in New York, NY in 1843 [1]
  • Peder Andersen, who landed in New York, NY in 1843 [1]
  • Neils Andersen, aged 49, who arrived in New York, NY in 1869 [1]
  • John Andersen, who arrived in DeWitt County, III in 1876 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Andersen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frithjof Andersen, who landed in Alabama in 1913 [1]
  • Goodman Andersen, who arrived in Alabama in 1917 [1]
  • Thogen Christian Andersen, who arrived in Alabama in 1917 [1]
  • Thoger Christian Andersen, who landed in Alabama in 1917 [1]
  • Sigurd Andersen, who arrived in Alabama in 1923 [1]

New Zealand Andersen migration to New Zealand +

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:

Andersen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Carl Andersen, aged 22, a blacksmith, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1871
  • Anne Andersen, aged 22, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1871
  • Mr. Anders Andersen, (b. 1851), aged 21, Scandinavian farmer travelling from Hamburg aboard the ship "Palmerston" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 12th December 1872 [2]
  • Mr. Anders Andersen, (b. 1845), aged 27, Scandinavian labourer travelling from Hamburg aboard the ship "Palmerston" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 12th December 1872 [2]
  • Mrs. Anne L. Andersen, (b. 1853), aged 19, Scandinavian maid servant travelling from Hamburg aboard the ship "Palmerston" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 12th December 1872 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Andersen (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General Wilhelm Arthur Andersen (1894-1983), American Commanding Officer 289th Regiment, Hawaii (1940-1942) [3]
  • Brigadier-General James Roy Andersen (1904-1945), American Chief of Staff US Army Air Forces Pacific Ocean Areas (1944-1945) [4]
  • Arthur E. Andersen (1885-1947), American founder of the accounting firm Arthur Andersen LLP
  • Mogens Andersen (b. 1916), internationally renowned Danish painter
  • May Andersen (b. 1982), Danish super model
  • Mikkel Andersen (b. 1988), Danish footballer
  • Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), Danish author and poet, most famous for his fairy tales
  • Sverre Andersen (1936-2016), Norwegian footballer who played for Viking from 1960 to 1985 and for the Norway National Team (1956-1968)
  • Desiree Bjerke Andersen (b. 1971), Norwegian skeleton racer at the 2006 Winter Olympics
  • Carl Albert Andersen (1876-1950), Norwegian Olympic silver and bronze medalist for gymnastics at the 1900 and 1908 games

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Albert Karvin Andersen (d. 1912), aged 33, Norwegian Third Class passenger from Bergen who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [5]


  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 Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) Wilhelm Andersen. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Andersen/Wilhelm_Arthur/USA.html
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) James Andersen. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Andersen/James_Roy/USA.html
  5. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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