Karlsson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Karlsson family

The surname Karlsson 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.

Early History of the Karlsson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Karlsson research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1717 and 1827 are included under the topic Early Karlsson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Karlsson Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Karlsson family (pre 1700)

Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Karlsson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Karlsson migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Karlsson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anna Karlsson, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States from Sweden, in 1900
  • Agaa Natalia Karlsson, aged 16, who settled in America from Safsjomala, Sweden, in 1907
  • Alma Karlsson, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Snostorp, Sweden, in 1907
  • Alma C Karlsson, aged 28, who landed in America from Thorhaven, Sweden, in 1907
  • Anna Karlsson, aged 15, who settled in America from Kristianapel, Sweden, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Karlsson (post 1700) +

  • Jan O. Karlsson (1939-2016), Swedish politician, Minister for Foreign Affairs (2003), Minister for International Development Cooperation, Migration and Asylum Policy (2002–2003)
  • Nils Emanuel "Mora-Nisse" Karlsson (1917-2012), Swedish gold medalist cross-country skier at the 1948 Winter Olympics
  • Arne Ernst Karlsson (b. 1927), Swedish sailor who competed at the 1964 Summer Olympics
  • Anders Karlsson (b. 1964), award-winning Swedish scientist and professor of quantum photonics
  • Allan Karlsson (1911-1991), Swedish cross country skier

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Einar Gervasius Karlsson, aged 21, Swedish Third Class passenger from Oskarshamn, Kalmar who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 13 [1]
  • Mr. Julius Konrad Eugen Karlsson (d. 1912), aged 33, Swedish Third Class passenger from GoteborgGöteborg, Västergötland who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [1]
  • Mr. Nils August Karlsson (d. 1912), aged 22, Swedish Third Class passenger from OrebroÖrebro who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [1]


  1. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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