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The surname Magnusson 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.

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The surname Magnusson 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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Magnus, Magnes, Magnis, Magnissen, Magnussen, Magnusen, Magnues, Magnuss, Magnuson, Magnussohn, Mang (Baden and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Magnusson research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1853, 1620, 1488, 1802, 1870, 1799 and 1872 are included under the topic Early Magnusson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Magnusson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Magnusson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

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

  • Jacob Magnusson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
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  • 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
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    3. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    4. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The Magnusson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Magnusson 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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