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Carlson Name Meaning

Americanized form (and a less common Swedish variant) of Swedish Carlsson or Karlsson . This is also an Americanized form of the Norwegian and Danish cognates Carlsen and Karlsen . Compare Charlson . German: variant of Karlson and in North America (also) an altered form of this. This surname is also found in Britain possibly to be associated first with immigration of German miners into Cumberland in the 16th century.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Karlson, Carlsen, Charlson, Carlston, Carlsson, Arnson, Karlsen

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Where is the Carlson family from?

You can see how Carlson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Carlson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Carlson families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 55 Carlson families living in London. This was about 23% of all the recorded Carlson's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Carlson families in 1891.
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What did your Carlson ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Incapacitated and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Carlson. 50% of Carlson men worked as an Incapacitated and 82% of Carlson women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Carlson were General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Du. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Incapacitated
  • General Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic Dutie
  • Unpaid Domestic Du
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Census Records

There are 532,000 census records available for the last name Carlson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Carlson census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 226,000 immigration records available for the last name Carlson. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 101,000 military records available for the last name Carlson. For the veterans among your Carlson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Carlson lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Carlson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Carlson in 1942 was 48, and 79 in 2004.

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