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Where did the Scottish Magnuson family come from? What is the Scottish Magnuson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Magnuson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Magnuson family history?

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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More information is included under the topic Early Magnuson Notables 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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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.

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