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The name Johnsen arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Johnsen comes from the given name John and the name literally means "son of John." The given name John is derived from the Hebrew name Johanan, which means Jehovah has favored. The name was extremely popular in the Middle Ages as a result of the numerous connections between the name John and the Christian Church.

Johnsen Early Origins



The surname Johnsen was first found in Lincolnshire, where many of the ancient and leading houses of the family name claim descent originally from the house of FitzJohn in Normandy, particularly that of one of the leading branches and oldest, the Johnsons of Ayscough-Fee. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list many of the name: Willelmus Joneson; Willelmus Johnson, 1379; Robertus Johanson; Juliana Jonesson; Ricardus Joneson; and Robertas Jonson. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Johnsen Spelling Variations


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Johnsen Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Johnson, Joneson, Jonson, Joynson and others.

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Johnsen Early History


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Johnsen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Johnsen research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1375, 1503, 1572, 1637, 1629, 1675, 1644, 1713, 1680, 1689, 1659, 1719, 1689, 1719, 1688, 1775, 1682, 1735, 1717 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Johnsen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Johnsen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Johnsen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Benjamin Jonson (1572-1637), an English playwright, poet, actor, and literary critic; Daniel Johnson (1629-1675), an English buccaneer born in Bristol, who sailed against the Spanish during the late 17th century becoming known among the Spanish as "Johnson the Terror"; Sir Nathaniel Johnson (1644-1713)...

Another 78 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Johnsen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Johnsen In Ireland


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Johnsen In Ireland



Some of the Johnsen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Johnsen or a variant listed above:

Johnsen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Iver N Johnsen, who arrived in Iowa in 1879
  • A.W. Johnsen, aged 33, who settled in America from Sweden, in 1892
  • Agathe Johnsen, aged 4, who emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Johnsen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Kristian Johnsen, who landed in Mississippi in 1904

Johnsen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Viggott Johnsen, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Queen of the North" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Johnsen (post 1700)


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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
  • Captain Olans Charles William Johnsen DFC (b. 1889), English World War I flying ace credited with five aerial victories
  • Robert Jacob Johnsen (1896-1975), Danish gold medalist gymnast at the 1920 Summer Olympics
  • 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

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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The Johnsen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Johnsen 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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