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Olson Family History

Olson Name Meaning

Americanized form (and a rare Swedish variant) of Swedish Olsson . In some cases this is also an Americanized form of the variant Ohlsson . Americanized form of Danish Norwegian or North German Olsen and Ohlsen cognates of

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

Similar surnames: Oleson, Ohlson, Olsson, Olsen, Olesen, Elson, Ohlsson, Monson, Osen

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Where is the Olson family from?

You can see how Olson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Olson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Olson families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 45 Olson families living in London. This was about 20% of all the recorded Olson's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Olson families in 1891.
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What did your Olson ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Olson. 28% of Olson men worked as a General Labourer and 88% of Olson women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Olson were Railway Porter and Private Means. .

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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

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Dock Labourer
  • Railway Porter

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
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Census Records

There are 754,000 census records available for the last name Olson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Olson 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 168,000 immigration records available for the last name Olson. 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 127,000 military records available for the last name Olson. For the veterans among your Olson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Olson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Olson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Olson in 1940 was 34, and 77 in 2004.

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