Sorensen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Sorensen family

The surname Sorensen was first found in Brunswick, where the name Sorenson was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Early History of the Sorensen family

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Sorensen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Sorenson, Sörsen, Sorson, Sornson, Seurenson, Saurson, Sauernson, Sernson, Serenson, Surson, Sursen and many more.

Early Notables of the Sorensen family (pre 1700)

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United States Sorensen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sorensen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Karen Marie Sorensen, aged 30, who arrived in New York, NY in 1869 [1]
  • Luckling Sorensen, who landed in New York, NY in 1869 [1]
  • Marie Sorensen, aged 4, who arrived in New York, NY in 1869 [1]
  • Carl Sorensen, aged 26, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1872 [1]
  • Andrew Sorensen, who landed in Arkansas in 1875 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Sorensen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Waldemar Sorensen, who landed in Mississippi in 1906 [1]
  • Christian Sorensen, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1910 [1]
  • Hans Peter Sorensen, who landed in Wisconsin in 1914 [1]
  • Carl Martin Peter Sorensen, who landed in Wisconsin in 1917 [1]

New Zealand Sorensen 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:

Sorensen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Ole Sórensen, (b. 1848), aged 24, Scandinavian farm labourer travelling from Hamburg aboard the ship "Palmerston" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 12th December 1872 [2]
  • Soren C. Sorensen, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Y.N. Sorensen, aged 19, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Miss H. Sorensen, (b. 1864), aged 26, British servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Tainui" arriving in Napier, Hawke's Bay, North Island, New Zealand in December 1890 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Sorensen (post 1700) +

  • Theodore Chaikin "Ted" Sorensen (1928-2010), American White House counsel 1961 to 1964
  • Charles Emil Sorensen (1881-1968), Danish-American principal of the Ford Motor Company
  • Swen Sorensen, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1948 [3]
  • Severin N. Sorensen, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, 1916 [3]
  • Philip C. Sorensen, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1964; Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska, 1965-67; Candidate for Governor of Nebraska, 1966 [3]
  • Otto Sorensen, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 18th District, 1901 [3]
  • Ken Sorensen, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1980 (alternate), 1984; Member of Florida State House of Representatives 120th District, 1999 [3]
  • Gillian Martin Sorensen (b. 1941), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1976, 1984, 1988 (alternate); U.N. Assistant Secretary General for External Relations, 1997- [3]
  • Dean E Sorensen, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Lieutenant Governor of Idaho, 1994 [3]
  • Christian Sorensen, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 9th District, 1928 [3]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Severin Martinius  Sorensen (1894-1917), Norwegian Sailor aboard the SS Hovland from Christiansand, Norway who died in the explosion [4]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Holger Earl Sorensen, American Seaman First Class from New Mexico, 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 [5]


  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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  5. ^ 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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