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Where did the Norwegian Olsen family come from? What is the Norwegian Olsen family crest and coat of arms? When did the Olsen family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Olsen family history?

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Olsen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Johan Hendrick Olsen, aged 29, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1792

Olsen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Andreas Julius Olsen, aged 21, landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1831
  • Osmund Olsen, aged 19, arrived in New York, NY in 1836
  • A. Olsen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1840
  • Anders Olsen, aged 2, landed in New York, NY in 1840
  • Olaus Olsen, aged 18, arrived in New York, NY in 1840


Olsen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Alek Olsen, who arrived in Mississippi in 1900
  • Tobias Olsen, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1903
  • Adolf Olsen, who arrived in New York in 1909
  • Hans Jakob Gunnerus Olsen, who landed in Alabama in 1917
  • Carl Martin Olsen, who arrived in Alabama in 1921


Olsen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Edward Olsen, aged 26, a workman, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1871
  • Bertha J. Olsen, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1871
  • Carl B. Olsen, aged under 1, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1871
  • Ole Olsen, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "England" in 1872
  • Karen Olsen, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "England" in 1872


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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mr. Gustav Olsen (d. 1914), Swedish Third Class Passenger from Gothenburg, Sweden who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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The Olsen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Olsen 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.

This page was last modified on 7 May 2015 at 23:08.

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