Name Meaning and Origin of Christensen

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Christensen literally means "son of Christen," a common Danish variant of the given name Christian, which derives from the Greek word xριστιανός (christianos), meaning "follower of Christ."

In Norway and Sweden, the -son variations such as Christenson and Kristenson are more common.

Surname Origin: Danish, Norwegian, North German

Alternate Surname Spellings: KRISTENSEN, CRESTENSEN, KRESTENSEN, CHRISTENSEN, KHRISTENSEN, CHRISTENSON, KRISTENSON, CHRISTIANSEN, KRISTIANSEN

Famous People With the Surname

  • Carlos Hugo Christensen, Argentine screenwriter, film director, and producer
  • Helena Christensen, Danish supermodel
  • Hayden Christensen, Canadian-American actor and producer
  • Tom Kristensen, Danish poet, novelist, and journalist

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