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The history of the Jensen family began in the historic kingdom of Schleswig, which is the northernmost state in western Germany. German surnames developed at a time when most of Schleswig, and most of the German provinces, were states of the Holy Roman Empire. At first people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to differentiate themselves. Fairly general principles guided the development of hereditary surnames in Schleswig. Two of the common types of family names found in the Schleswig are patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The surname Jensen derived from the personal names Jen, Jan, and Jon, which are all forms of the name John. The name John is originally derived from the Hebrew personal name Johanan, which literally means "Jehovah has favored."

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The surname Jensen was first found in Holstein, where this family made important contributions toward the development of this district from ancient times. Always prominent in social and political affairs, the family formed alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. Although branches of this family are to be found in the Netherlands and Denmark, German branches were distinct and had their own history from early on.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Jansen, Janssen, Jannsen, Jannssen, Janson, Jansson, Jansens, Janssens, Jannssens, Janzen, Jantzen, Janz, Jantz, Jans, Jaenz, Jaentz, Jaens, Jenz, Jentz, Jens, Jensen, Jenssen, Jensson, Jenzen and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jensen research. Another 228 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1783, 1813, 1829, 1837, 1860, 1875, 1878, 1880, and 1891 are included under the topic Early Jensen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of the time included August Philipp Alexander Janson, a major and head of the 3rd Cuirassier regiment of the Prussian army, who received a title of nobility in 1829 in reward for his loyalty and...

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jensen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Jensen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Jensen, aged 32, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Peder Jensen, aged 25, landed in New York, NY in 1843
  • Hans Andrias Jensen, aged 2, landed in New York, NY in 1843
  • Emma Jensen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Trol Conrad Jensen, who landed in New York in 1850
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Jensen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Sara Benthim Jensen, who landed in Arkansas in 1904
  • Knud T Jensen, aged 21, arrived in New York, NY in 1904
  • Dorthea Jensen, who landed in Colorado in 1905
  • Paul Jensen, who arrived in Arkansas in 1905
  • Lauriz Jensen, who arrived in Mississippi in 1906
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Jensen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Johann Jensen, aged 33, arrived in Quebec in 1868

Jensen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mathias Jensen, aged 34, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Karen M. Jensen, aged 34, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Peter H. Jensen, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Ano J. Jensen, aged 3, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Hans Jensen, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
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  • 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
  • John P. Jensen, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 11th District, 1920
  • John W. Jensen, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 28th District, 1968
  • John W. Jensen, American Republican politician, Elected Iowa State Senate 11th District 1982
  • Julius C. Jensen, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Copenhagen, 1921-26; Oslo, 1929-32; Basel, 1943
  • L. Sid Jensen, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 1972
  • Lara Diane Jensen, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 2008
  • Laura Jensen, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 21st District, 1960
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Jensen Historic Events



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 on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Andies  Jensen (1894-1917), Danish Fireman aboard the SS Curaca from Magleby, Denmark who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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  • The Sogndalers by Ted Lawrence Bartlett.
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    4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    9. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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