Halvorson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Halvorson family

The surname Halvorson was 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.

Early History of the Halvorson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Halvorson research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1276, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Halvorson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Halvorson Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Halvorson family name include Alverton, Alverston, Alveston, Halverston, Halverson, Halveston, Halverton and many more.

Early Notables of the Halvorson family (pre 1700)

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United States Halvorson migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Halvorson surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Halvorson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Elling Halvorson, who arrived in Texas in 1848 [1]
  • Jens Halvorson, who landed in Texas in 1853 [1]
  • Elias Halvorson, who landed in Texas in 1853 [1]
  • Alak Halvorson, who settled in San Francisco in 1880
Halvorson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anna Halvorson, who arrived in Montana in 1906
  • Ole Andrew Halvorson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1911 [1]
  • Charley Halvorson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1914 [1]
  • August Halvorson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1917
  • August Halvorson, who landed in Wisconsin in 1917 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Halvorson (post 1700) +

  • Ronald Tomlinson Halvorson (1936-2017), American politician and businessman
  • Henry Theodore Halvorson (1883-1943), American-born, Canadian lumber salesman and politician in Saskatchewan, representing Cypress in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan from 1921 to 1929
  • George Halvorson (b. 1947), American chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanante
  • Kittel Halvorson (1846-1936), Norway-born, U.S. Representative from Minnesota
  • Gary Halvorson, American eleven-time Daytime Emmy Award winning, two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated director and producer
  • Deborah L. "Debbie" Halvorson (b. 1958), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 11th district (2009-2011)
  • Helen Halvorson, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Dakota, 1940 [2]
  • Halvor Langdon Halvorson (b. 1881), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Minot, North Dakota, 1911-15; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Dakota, 1916, 1944, 1948 [2]
  • H. C. Halvorson, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 19th District, 1931-34 [2]
  • Gunder Halvorson, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 4th District, 1874 [2]
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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