Show ContentsMagnusson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origin of the distinguished Magnusson family can be traced to the historic Scandinavian country of Sweden. The surname Magnusson is derived from the Scandianavian personal name Magnús. This name was borne by several kings of Norway, the first of whom was Magnus the Good (1024-1047). He was named after Charlemagne, whose name was rendered Carolus Magnus in Latin. The popularity of this name in Norway was increased by the exploits of Earl Magnus Erlendsson of Orkney, who was treacherously executed by his cousin in 1117 and became known as St. Magnus. From Norway, the name spread into the royal houses of eastern Scandinavia, and it subsequently became popular throughout that region. The suffix -sson and its variants are translatable as son of.

Magnusson Ranking

In the United States, the name Magnusson is the 16,847th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Magnusson migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Magnusson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Carl Magnusson, aged 29, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1848 [2]
  • Anders, Bengt, Karl, Jacob, and Daniel Fredrik Magnusson, who arrived in New York in 1849
  • Sven Magnusson, aged 33, who landed in America in 1853 [2]
  • Magnus Magnusson, aged 19, who landed in America in 1854 [2]
  • Martha Caisa Magnusson, aged 34, who landed in America in 1854 [2]
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New Zealand Magnusson 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:

Magnusson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Magnusson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860

Contemporary Notables of the name Magnusson (post 1700) +

  • Eiríkur Magnússon (1833-1913), Icelandic philologist and scholar
  • Arni Magnússon (1663-1730), Icelandic antiquarian and philologist
  • Magnus Magnusson (b. 1929), born in Scotland of Icelandic parents, a writer and broadcaster

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook