Jensen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

This Danish and Norwegian name is derived from Jan's or Johan's son and in many cases is the equivalent of Johnson. [1]

The Jensen variant is the second most common surname in Denmark. All these names are derived from the Hebrew name Yochanan, which literally means "Jehovah has favored," which was Latinized as Johannes, gained tremendous popularity during the medieval era. This is due to the exploits of St. John the Baptist, St. John the Evangelist, and nearly one thousand other saints of the same name. The suffix -son and its variants are translatable as 'son of.'

Early Origins of the Jensen family

The surname Jensen was first found in many places throughout ancient Denmark due to the popularity of the name "John," initially as a forename, but later as a surname with the typical "sen" or "son" suffix. The name is fairly popular in the Faroe Islands, about two hundred miles north-northwest of Scotland, midway between Norway and Iceland.

Jensen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Jahn, Johansen, Johannsen, Johannesen, Jonsen, Johnsen, Jensen, Joensen, Jansen, Jahnsen, Jantzen, Johanson, Johansson, Johanesson, Johannsson, Johannesson, Jonsson, Johnsson, Jönsson and many more.

Jensen migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Jensen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Jensen, aged 32, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 [2]
  • Peder Jensen, aged 25, who landed in New York, NY in 1843 [2]
  • Hans Andrias Jensen, aged 2, who landed in New York, NY in 1843 [2]
  • Emma Jensen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [2]
  • Trol Conrad Jensen, who landed in New York in 1850 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Jensen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Sara Benthim Jensen, who landed in Arkansas in 1904 [2]
  • Knud T Jensen, aged 21, who arrived in New York, NY in 1904 [2]
  • Dorthea Jensen, who landed in Colorado in 1905 [2]
  • Paul Jensen, who arrived in Arkansas in 1905 [2]
  • Lauriz Jensen, who arrived in Mississippi in 1906 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Jensen migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Jensen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Johann Jensen, aged 33, who arrived in Quebec in 1868

Jensen migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Jensen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mathias Jensen, aged 34, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Karen M. Jensen, aged 34, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Peter H. Jensen, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Ano J. Jensen, aged 3, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Hans Jensen, aged 21, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Jensen (post 1700)

  • Derrick Jensen (1956-2017), professional American football tight end for Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders (1978–1986)
  • Annis "Big Red" Jensen (1921-2015), American roller derby skater, 1st women's captain of the San Francisco Bay Bombers, inducted into the Roller Derby Hall of Fame in 1964
  • Debra Jensen (b. 1958), American model
  • Ronald Bjorn Jensen (b. 1936), American mathematician awarded the Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research in 2003
  • Hayden M. Jensen, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Navy, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • Mrs. C. B. Jensen, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1940 [3]
  • C. Jensen, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 36th District, 1929-30 [3]
  • Benton Franklin Jensen (1892-1970), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Iowa 7th District, 1939-65; Defeated, 1964 [3]
  • August Jensen, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 33rd District, 1933-34 [3]
  • Art Jensen, American politician, Delegate to Michigan convention to ratify 21st amendment from Montcalm County, 1933 [3]
  • ... (Another 98 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Jensen family

Bismarck
  • Hans-Adolf Jensen (1921-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [4]
Empress of Ireland
  • Miss Annie Jensen, Canadian Third Class Passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [5]
Flight TWA 800
  • Miss. Susanne Grandt Jensen (1965-1996), from Greenwich, Connecticut, USA, American passenger flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; she died in the crash [6]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Andies  Jensen (1894-1917), Danish Fireman aboard the SS Curaca from Magleby, Denmark who died in the explosion [7]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Charles Valdemar Jensen (d. 1912), aged 25, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [8]
  • Mr. Hans Peder Jensen (d. 1912), aged 20, Danish Third Class passenger from Eskilstrup who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [8]
  • Mr. Niels Peder "Rasmus" Jensen (d. 1912), aged 48, American Third Class passenger from Portland, Oregon who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [8]
  • Mr. Svend Lauritz Jensen (d. 1912), aged 17, Danish Third Class passenger from Eskilstrup who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [8]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Keith Marlow Jensen, American Electrician's Mate Third Class from Utah, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [9]

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Citations

  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  5. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  6. ^ The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/twa800/list01.htm
  7. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  8. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  9. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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