Kristensen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

New Zealand Kristensen 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:

Kristensen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Anne Kristensen, (b. 1839), aged 33, Scandinavian maid servant travelling from Hamburg aboard the ship "Palmerston" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 12th December 1872 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kristensen (post 1700) +

  • Kristen Kristensen (b. 1889), American Republican politician, Insurance broker; Mayor of Yonkers, New York, 1950-59; Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from New York 27th District, 1958 [2]
  • John Kristensen, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Vermont, 2000 [2]
  • John Kristensen Brostuen (1884-1938), American Republican politician, Rancher; Newspaper editor and publisher; Member of North Dakota State Senate; North Dakota Republican State Chair, 1937-38 [3]

  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook