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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

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As a surname, Magnuson is derived from the Scandinavian personal name Magnus. The name was born by King of Norway Magnus the Good, who died in 1047. It made its way to Britain through the Danish invasions of Northeastern Britain.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Magnus, Manus, MacVanish, Magnusson, Magnuson, Magnos, Magnes, Magnusson, Magnuss, MacVinish, McWeynish, MacVinis and many more.

First found in Shetland, where they held a family seat in their territories in the Orkneys. The Viking influence of northern Scotland developed as a stepping stone to Iceland from Scandinavia. Many Viking expeditions were started from the Orkneys and the northern tip. Rollo, first Duke of Normandy, started his conquest of that part of France as an expeditionary from here. Hugo Magnus was found at 1114. Later the name was found in Cortance, Aberdeen in the 17th century.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Magnuson research. Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1047, 1510, 1600 and 1420 are included under the topic Early Magnuson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Magnuson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Carl Magnuson, aged 29, landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1848
  • Edward, Howard, Lewis, John, Albert Magnuson all arrived in New York in 1849
  • J Magnuson, who landed in Valparaiso, Chile in 1850

Magnuson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • David Emanuel Magnuson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1913

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  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  10. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
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The Magnuson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Magnuson 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.

This page was last modified on 12 June 2012 at 15:06.

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