Olsen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


United States Olsen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Olsen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Hendrick Olsen, aged 29, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1792 [1]
Olsen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andreas Julius Olsen, aged 21, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1831 [1]
  • Osmund Olsen, aged 19, who arrived in New York, NY in 1836 [1]
  • A. Olsen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1840
  • Anders Olsen, aged 2, who landed in New York, NY in 1840 [1]
  • Olaus Olsen, aged 18, who arrived in New York, NY in 1840 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Olsen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alek Olsen, who arrived in Mississippi in 1900 [1]
  • Tobias Olsen, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1903 [1]
  • Adolf Olsen, who arrived in New York in 1909
  • Hans Jakob Gunnerus Olsen, who landed in Alabama in 1917 [1]
  • Carl Martin Olsen, who arrived in Alabama in 1921 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Olsen 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:

Olsen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edward Olsen, aged 26, a workman, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1871
  • Bertha J. Olsen, aged 28, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1871
  • Carl B. Olsen, aged under 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1871
  • Ole Olsen, aged 28, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "England" in 1872
  • Karen Olsen, aged 24, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "England" in 1872
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Olsen (post 1700) +

  • Keith Olsen (d. 2020), American record producer and sound engineer, known for his work with Rick Springfield, Fleetwood Mac, Ozzy Osbourne, the Grateful Dead, Pat Benatar, Heart, Santana, Saga, Foreigner, Magnum and many more
  • Kenneth Harry Olsen (1926-2011), American co-founder of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in 1957
  • Jon C. B. Olsen (b. 1969), American swimmer who won a total of five Olympic medals, including four gold at the 1992 and the 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Tillie Lerner Olsen (1912-2007), award winning American writer associated with the political turmoil of the 1930s
  • Scott Matthew Olsen (b. 1984), Major League Baseball pitcher for the Florida Marlins
  • Eric Christian Olsen (b. 1977), American actor
  • Austin L. Olsen, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Navy, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • Christen Mortenson Olsen (1858-1938), American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 20th District, 1905-08 [2]
  • Charles M. Olsen, American politician, Delegate to South Carolina State Constitutional Convention from Williamsburg County, 1868 [2]
  • Carl Eric Olsen, American politician, Representative from Iowa 4th District, 1996 [2]
  • ... (Another 38 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Gustav Olsen, Swedish Third Class Passenger from Gothenburg, Sweden who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [3]
Flight TWA 800
  • Miss. Rebecca Jane Olsen (1976-1996), from Macon, Georgia, USA, American passenger flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; she died in the crash [4]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Henry Margido Olsen (d. 1912), aged 28, Norwegian Third Class passenger from Bergen who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [5]
  • Mr. Karl Siegwart Andreas Olsen (d. 1912), aged 42, Norwegian Third Class passenger from Trondheim who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [5]
  • Master Arthur Carl Olsen, aged 9, Norwegian Third Class passenger from Trondheim who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 13 [5]
  • Mr. Ole Martin Olsen (d. 1912), aged 27, Norwegian Third Class passenger from Sunnhordland who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [5]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Vernon J. Olsen, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [6]
  • Mr. Edward Kern Olsen, American Ensign from Kansas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [6]


  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 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  4. ^ The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/twa800/list01.htm
  5. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  6. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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