Show ContentsJohansen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Johansen is derived from the personal name Johan or John. These names are derived from the Hebrew name Yochanan, which literally means "Jehovah has favored." This name, 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.'

Johansen 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.

Johansen Ranking

In the United States, the name Johansen is the 3,813rd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. 1

United States Johansen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Johansen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Frans Wilheim Johansen, who was naturalized in Kansas in the late 1800s
  • Frederick Johansen, who was naturalized in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
  • Johan Martin Johansen who was naturalized in Missouri in 1839
  • Johan Martin Johansen, aged 26, who landed in Missouri in 1839 2
  • Even Johansen, aged 3, who arrived in New York, NY in 1840 2
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Johansen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Iver Johansen, who landed in Mississippi in 1906 2
  • Jorgen Johansen, who landed in Mississippi in 1906 2
  • Johan Anton Johansen, who arrived in Alabama in 1917 2
  • Peter Johan Kornelius Johansen, who landed in Alabama in 1925 2

New Zealand Johansen 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:

Johansen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Niels P. Johansen, aged 32, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873 3

Contemporary Notables of the name Johansen (post 1700) +

  • Iris Johansen, American best-selling novelist
  • David Johansen (b. 1950), American singer, songwriter, and actor
  • August E. Johansen (1905-1995), U.S. Representative from Michigan
  • Wilford W. Johansen, American Republican politician, Member, National Labor Relations Board, 1985-89 4
  • Herman A. Johansen, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, 1958; Socialist Labor Candidate for Pennsylvania State Treasurer, 1960, 1964, 1968 4
  • Beppo R. Johansen, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Yokohama, 1938; Shanghai, 1945 4
  • August Edgar Johansen (1905-1995), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Michigan 3rd District, 1955-65; defeated, 1964 4
  • Hans Johansen (1897-1973), Russian-Danish zoologist
  • Gotfred Johansen (1895-1978), Danish lightweight professional boxer
  • Dan Anton Johansen (b. 1979), Danish professional footballer
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  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. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 6th November 2011). Retrieved from
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