Christen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Christen surname is a patronymic created from the personal name Christen, which comes ultimately from the Latin Christianus "follower of Christ".

Early Origins of the Christen family

The surname Christen was first found in Denmark, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs. Christensen is also connected to several place names in Denmark. Both main branches of this family name were elected to the nobility. While the surname can be of multiple origins, today there are twice as many that call Denmark their homeland versus Norway.

Early History of the Christen family

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Christen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Christenson, Christensen, Christiansen, Christinsen, Cristensen, Cristenson and many more.

Early Notables of the Christen family (pre 1700)

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United States Christen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Christen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Christen, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [1]
Christen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Catharine Christen, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • Rudolff Christen, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • Hendrick Christen, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • Anna Maria Christen, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Anna Gotz Christen, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Christen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Forber Christen, aged 8, who arrived in New York, NY in 1837 [1]
  • Anthony Christen, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1842 [1]
  • Anthony Christen, who arrived in Alabama in 1842
  • Jacob Christen, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1872 [1]
  • Johann Christen, who landed in Kentucky in 1892 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Christen migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Christen Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Christian Christen, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Australia Christen migration to Australia +

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

Christen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Octavio Eilhelm Christen, aged 28, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Malvina Vidal"

Contemporary Notables of the name Christen (post 1700) +

  • Morgan Brenda Christen (b. 1961), American jurist, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2012-), Associate Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court (2009-2012)
  • Theophil Friedrich Christen (1873-1920), Swiss physician, mathematician, physicist, economist and pioneer of physical medicine
  • Ada Christen (1839-1901), also known as Ada Carla, Christiane von Breden, Christiane Rosalia Friderick, Christine von Neupauer Fridrik, and Satanella, an Austrian writer
  • Andreas Christen (b. 1989), Liechtensteiner international footballer
  • Brian Christen (1926-2000), English-born, Canadian cricketer
  • Yves Christen (b. 1941), Swiss politician, President of the National Council (2002-2003)
  • Mathias Christen (b. 1987), Liechtensteiner international footballer
  • Björn-Olaf Christen (b. 1980), Swiss former professional ice hockey forward
  • Christen Christian Dreyer Collin (1857-1926), Norwegian literary historian
  • Christen Guilford "Chris" Dudley (b. 1965), retired American NBA basketball player and politician, Republican nominee for Governor of Oregon in 2010


  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)


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