Origins Available: Danish
The surname Magnussen derived from the given name Magnus, which means "great" in Latin and means "power" in Swedish. The name was made famous by St. Magnus and Magnus, the son of St. Olaf of Sweden. In Baden and Wuerttemberg, the most popular form of the name was Mang, while in northern Germany
the most common form of the name is Magnussen.
Early Origins of the Magnussen family
The surname Magnussen was first found in northern Germany
, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. The name was made famous by St. Magnus, and in Baden and Wuerttemberg the popular form became "Mang." Thus chronicles mention Jakob Meng, son of Pualin Mang of Freiburg in 1570. The name is common in northern Germany
especially in the form Magnussen, perhaps taking the name from Magnus, the son of St. Olaf of Sweden. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal
System. Albertus Magnus,O.P. (c.
1200-1280), also known as Saint Albert the Great and Albert of Cologne, was a German Dominican friar and Catholic bishop who was later canonized as a Catholic saint.
Early History of the Magnussen family
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Magnussen Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Magnus, Magnes, Magnis, Magnissen, Magnussen, Magnusen, Magnues, Magnuss, Magnuson, Magnussohn, Mang (Baden and many more.
Early Notables of the Magnussen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Magnussen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jonas Magnus, who landed in New York City in 1660. Henrich Magnnus arrived in Philadelphia in 1752; August Magnus came to Texas in 1854; and Johan Magnus came to New York City in 1846. Numerous bearers of the variation Magnusen arrived in New York in 1850.
Contemporary Notables of the name Magnussen (post 1700)
- Karen Magnussen (b. 1952), Canadian figure skater, silver medalist in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics, and the World Figure Skating Champion in 1973