Show ContentsSens History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Sens is an occupational name. It is derived from the Middle High German word "Sens," meaning "farmhand" or "milker of cows." The name was likely first borne by a farmhand, then passed down to his descendants as a surname.

Early Origins of the Sens family

The surname Sens was first found in Northern Switzerland, where the name Senn emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the canto of Aargau. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Early History of the Sens family

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Sens Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sen, Senn and others.

Early Notables of the Sens family

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Migration of the Sens family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Hans Jacob Senn, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1736; Jacob Senn, who immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1788 with his wife Elizabeth and their children Ann Jacob and Jean, John Senn, who came to St.Clair County, Ill. in 1859.

Contemporary Notables of the name Sens (post 1700) +

  • Suzanne Sens (1930-2023), French writer, author, and teacher

  • Karl Sens (1919-1941), German Maschinengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [1]

  1. Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook