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Schleswig-Holstein, which is the northernmost state in western Germany, is the homeland of the proud surname Karlsen. 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 Karlsen derived from the Old German personal name Karl, which is derived from the Middle Latin word "carolus," which refers to an adult male.

Karlsen Early Origins



The surname Karlsen was first found in Schleswig-Holstein, where the family rose to prominence early in the mediaeval era. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

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Karlsen Spelling Variations


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Karlsen Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Karlson, Carlson, Karlsen, Carlsen, Karlsson, Karlssen, Carlsson and many more.

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Karlsen Early History


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Karlsen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Karlsen research. Another 188 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1717 and 1827 are included under the topic Early Karlsen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Karlsen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Karlsen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Karlsen Notables 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Brita Carlsen, who landed in New York City in 1847. Carl Carlsson arrived in New York in 1846; while Johan Carlson arrived there in 1849.

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