Show ContentsCarlsen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origin of the distinguished Carlsen family can be traced to the rugged Scandinavian country of Norway. The surname Carlsen is derived from the Germanic personal name Carl, which means man. The suffix -sen and its variants are translatable as son of.

Carlsen Ranking

In the United States, the name Carlsen is the 8,317th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Carlsen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Carlsen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Brita Carlsen, who landed in New York City in 1847
  • Theodor Carlsen, who arrived in Colorado in 1899 [2]

Australia Carlsen migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Carlsen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • J. Carlsen, a clerk, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Victoria" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Carlsen (post 1700) +

  • Jacob Carlsen, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 3rd District, 1902 [4]
  • Carl C. Carlsen, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 9th District, 1930 [4]
  • Jon Herwig Carlsen (1937-2022), Norwegian sports commentator, awarded the Gullruten honorary award in 2007
  • Sven Magnus Carlsen (b. 1990), Norwegian chess grandmaster and former chess prodigy, current World Chess Champion and No. 1 ranked player in the world as of November 22, 2013
  • Per Carlsen (1948-2020), Danish diplomat, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Denmark to Latvia from 2010 through 2015

SS Atlantic
  • M. S. Carlsen, who was traveling aboard the ship "SS Atlantic" when it struck rocks off Nova Scotia in 1873, died in the sinking

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  3. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) VICTORIA 1848. Retrieved from
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from on Facebook