Show ContentsAndresen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Schleswig-Holstein, which is the northernmost state in western Germany, is the homeland of the proud surname Andresen. The name is derived from the personal name "Andreas" or "Andres," meaning "man" or "manly." German surnames developed at a time when Schleswig, as well as most of the other 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.

Early Origins of the Andresen family

The surname Andresen was first found in Schleswig-Holstein and Denmark, where the family contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation and would later play a large role in the political conflicts of the area. The family branched into many houses, some of which acquired estates and manors throughout the surrounding regions, where they played significant roles in the social and political affairs. From early on, the name was represented by predominantly Danish families, although most of the Schleswig branches and many of the southern Danish branches spoke German.

Early History of the Andresen family

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Andresen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Anderson, Andersen, Aenderson, Aendersen, Andersson, Anderssohn, Andersohn, Enderson, Endersen, Andreesen, Andriesen, Aendreesen, Endreesen, Endriesen, Andriesens, Andreessen, Andriessen, Andresen, Andressen, Anderten, Andreasen and many more.

Early Notables of the Andresen family (pre 1700)

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Andresen Ranking

In the United States, the name Andresen is the 6,991st most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Andresen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Andresen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Georg Andresen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [2]
  • Hans Andresen, who arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1851 [2]
  • H G Andresen, who arrived in Iowa in 1855 [2]
  • Ben Andresen, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1877 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Andresen (post 1700) +

  • Thorwald E. Andresen, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Manistee County, 1930 [3]
  • Oscar Andresen, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 21st District, 1921 [3]
  • Moritz Andresen, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alaska Territory, 1944 [3]
  • August Herman Andresen (1890-1958), American Republican politician, Chair of Goodhue County Republican Party, 1916-20; U.S. Representative from Minnesota, 1925-33, 1935-58 (3rd District 1925-33, 1st District 1935-58) [3]
  • Thorleif Andresen (1945-2022), Norwegian cyclist at the 1968, 1972 and the 1976 Summer Olympics
  • Martin Andresen (b. 1977), Norwegian football manager
  • Björn Johan Andrésen (b. 1955), Swedish actor and musician

  • Viggo Andresen (1920-1941), German Maschinenobergefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]
  • Andreas Andresen (1918-1941), German Leutnant zur See who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]

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  4. Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook