CHRISTENSEN Name Meaning and Origin

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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.

Christensen is the 6th most popular surname in Denmark.

Surname Origin:  Danish, Norwegian, North German

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

Famous People with the Surname CHRISTENSEN:

  • 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


Genealogy Resources for the Surname CHRISTENSEN:

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Christensen Family Genealogy Forum
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DistantCousin.com - CHRISTENSEN Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Christensen.

How to Research Danish Ancestry
If you’re among the nearly 1.5 million Americans with Danish ancestry, this tutorial shows you how to discover your roots in Denmark.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.


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