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

The earliest origins of the name Hansen date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Hans. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hansen include Hanson, Hansom and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hansen research. Another 300 words(21 lines of text) covering the year 1675 is included under the topic Early Hansen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hansen or a variant listed above:

Hansen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Hans Hansen, who landed in New Jersey in 1640
  • Thomas Hansen, who landed in Virginia in 1656
  • Symon Hansen, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1663
  • Hartwig Hansen, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1663
  • Hendrick Hansen, who landed in New York, NY in 1663


Hansen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Isabella Hansen, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Elias Hansen, who arrived in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina sometime between 1775 and 1779

Hansen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Niels Christian Holger E Hansen, who landed in New York in 1835
  • Even Hansen, aged 50, arrived in New York, NY in 1840
  • Hans Jacob Hansen, aged 26, landed in New York, NY in 1843
  • Fritz Hein Hansen, who came to Texas in 1845
  • Heinrich Hansen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850


Hansen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • John J Hansen, who arrived in Alaska in 1903
  • Joppe Hansen, who arrived in Arkansas in 1904
  • Otto Hansen, who landed in Alabama in 1913
  • Sigurd Hansen, who landed in Alabama in 1917
  • Charles Hansen, who landed in Alabama in 1918


Hansen Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Lt. Richard Hansen U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784

Hansen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Jacob Hansen, who settled in Quebec in 1875

Hansen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • J.C. Hansen, aged 34, a tutor, arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred"
  • Catherine Hansen, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Agincourt"

Hansen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Richard Davis Hansen landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Cuba
  • Hans J. Hansen arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballarat" in 1867
  • Anders Hansen, aged 31, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Ane A. Hansen, aged 29, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Ane K. Hansen, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870


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  • Norman B. Hansen (1924-2014), American politician, Saugus, Massachusetts Town Manager (1987-1992)
  • George Vernon Hansen (1930-2014), American Republican politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Idaho (1975-1985)
  • Bernhuff Hansen, American Olympic gold medalist for wrestling at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Mrs. Jennie Louise Hansen, (née Howard), aged 45, American Third Class passenger from Racine, Wisconsin who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 11
  • Mr. Claus Peter Hansen (d. 1912), aged 41, American Third Class passenger from Racine, Wisconsin who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Lars Peter Hansen (b. 1952), American David Rockefeller Distinguished Service Professor of economics at the University of Chicago, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (2013)
  • Peter Hansen (b. 1921), American actor
  • George V. Hansen (b. 1930), American politician from Idaho
  • Alvin Harvey Hansen (1887-1975), American economist
  • Brigadier-General Victor Russell Hansen (1904-1980), American Adjutant-General of California (1944-1946)

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  • Ancestors and Kin by Robert Walden Coggeshall.
  • The Genealogy of Dale Winslow Hansen by Dale W. Hansen.
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The Hansen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hansen 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.

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