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Where did the English Halvorsen family come from? What is the English Halvorsen family crest and coat of arms? When did the Halvorsen family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Halvorsen family history?


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Halvorsen have been found, including Alverton, Alverston, Alveston, Halverston, Halverson, Halveston, Halverton and many more.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1160 when Jukel de Alvertun held estates in that shire.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Halvorsen research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1276, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Halvorsen History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Halvorsen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Halvorsen, or a variant listed above:

Halvorsen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A Halvorsen, aged 21, arrived in New York, NY in 1837
  • H Halvorsen, aged 4, landed in New York, NY in 1837

Halvorsen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Peder Halvorsen, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1910


  • S. T. Halvorsen, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 21st District, 1897-98
  • Hjalmer S. Halvorsen, American politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Vernon County, 1938
  • G. E. Halvorsen, American politician, Mayor of Salem, Oregon, 1921-22
  • Donna Halvorsen, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1972


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The Halvorsen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Halvorsen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 6 November 2015 at 10:16.

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