Nilsen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Nilsen is derived from the Scandinavian personal name Njáll. This name has the same origin as the Gaelic name Niall, which was adopted by Scandinavian settlers in Ireland. Over time, the forms Niels and Nils developed and the patronymic suffix "sen," or "son," meaning 'son of' was added.

Nilsen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Nielson, Nielssen, Niellsen, Nilsen, Nilson, Nilssen and many more.

Nilsen migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nilsen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jonas Nilsen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1743 [1]
  • Margaret Nilsen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1743 [1]
Nilsen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H Nilsen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • T Nilsen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • Nils Greger Nilsen, who landed in Minnesota in 1865 [1]
  • Anna Christensen Nilsen, who landed in Minnesota in 1867 [1]
  • Harry Nilsen, who landed in Mississippi in 1893 [1]
Nilsen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Lars Nilsen, who landed in Mississippi in 1905 [1]
  • Niels Nilsen, who arrived in Alabama in 1917 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Nilsen (post 1700)

  • Vidar Nilsen (b. 1970), American Hollywood writer
  • Siri Nilsen, American-Norwegian singer, song-writer, voice actress, and dancer
  • Anders Nilsen (b. 1973), popular American artist and graphic novelist
  • Werner “Scotty” Nilsen (1904-1992), former Norwegian American soccer player
  • Norman O. Nilsen, American Democrat politician, Oregon commissioner of labor, 1955- [2]
  • Rolf Just Nilsen (1931-1981), Norwegian singer and actor
  • Harald Christian Strand Nilsen (b. 1971), retired Norwegian alpine skier
  • Ole-Jørgen Nilsen (1936-2008), Norwegian actor
  • Hans Jacob Nilsen (1897-1957), Norwegian actor, theatre director and film director
  • Bjørn Nilsen (b. 1934), Norwegian poet and television producer
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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