Show ContentsJohnsen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Johnsen 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.'

Johnsen 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.

Johnsen Ranking

In the United States, the name Johnsen is the 5,989th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Johnsen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Johnsen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Iver N Johnsen, who arrived in Iowa in 1879 [2]
  • A.W. Johnsen, aged 33, who settled in America from Sweden, in 1892
  • Agathe Johnsen, aged 4, who immigrated to the United States from Norway, in 1892
  • Agnes Johnsen, aged 11, who landed in America from Norway, in 1892
  • Alma Johnsen, aged 9, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
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Johnsen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Kristian Johnsen, who landed in Mississippi in 1904 [2]

New Zealand Johnsen 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:

Johnsen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Viggott Johnsen, aged 32, a labourer, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Queen of the North" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Johnsen (post 1700) +

  • Dawn Johnsen, American lawyer
  • Britton Johnsen (b. 1979), American professional basketball player
  • Albert W. J. Johnsen, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Illinois 10th District, 1918 [3]
  • Robert Jacob Johnsen (1896-1975), Danish gold medalist gymnast at the 1920 Summer Olympics
  • Captain Olans Charles William Johnsen DFC (b. 1889), English World War I flying ace credited with five aerial victories
  • Erik Johnsen (b. 1965), Norwegian Ski jumper
  • Bjarne Johnsen (1892-1984), Norwegian gold medalist gymnast at the 1912 Summer Olympics
  • Arve Johnsen (b. 1934), Norwegian industrial executive and politician
  • Arne Odd Johnsen (1909-1985), Norwegian medieval and economic historian
  • Krista Johnsen Leuteritz, American member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Office of Standards Service

Flight TWA 800
  • Ms. Arlene E. Johnsen (1936-1996), from Grand Junction, Colorado, USA, American TWA crew member 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 [4]

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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. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from
  4. The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from on Facebook