Jensen (surname)

Summary

Jensen
Origin
Meaning"Son of Jens"
Region of originScandinavia
Other names
Variant form(s)Johnson

Jensen is a surname of Scandinavian origin.[1] Jensen literally means son of Jens. In the 2001 it was the most common surname in Denmark,[2] but nowadays it is the second most common surname in Denmark, where it is shared by about 5% of the population.[3] It is also very common in other Scandinavian countries such as Norway, where it is the ninth most common surname, but nevertheless shared by about 5% of the population. The name is also in use in the Faroe Islands.

There was no "Jensen family," merely a system of patronymics that was finally fixed in the 19th century at an arbitrary time, when the state bureaucracy required family names; before that people took their name from their father's first name.[4]

List of persons with the surname

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  • Georg Jensen (1866–1935), Danish silversmith and founder of Georg Jensen A/S
  • Gyde Jensen (born 1989), German politician

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  • Otto Jensen (1856–1918), Norwegian Lutheran bishop and politician

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See also

References

  1. ^ "Jensen Name Meaning, Family History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms, German". HouseOfNames.
  2. ^ Ravara, Stefano. "Denmark surname ranking". Surname Map.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-11-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Statistics Denmark
  4. ^ Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988), pp. xxxv & 282-83.
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