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Hansen (surname)

Hansen or Hanssen (Danish pronunciation: [ˈhænsn̩]) is a Scandinavian patronymic surname, meaning son of Hans. As of 2008, it is the third most common surname in Denmark, shared by 4.3% of the population.[1] As of 2000, Hansen is the single most common surname in Norway, not counting spelling variations such as Hanssen, which are also quite common.[2] In the Faroe Islands Hansen is the second most common surname, while in the North German federal states of Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg Hansen is the third and fifth most common surname, respectively.[3] In Sweden the parallel form is Hansson. The frequent occurrences of Hansen as a surname outside Denmark,[4] Norway and Schleswig-Holstein is due to immigration, though Nordic immigrants to English-speaking countries often anglicised their names to Hanson in order to accommodate English orthographic rules.

Geographical distribution

As of 2014, 33.5% of all known bearers of the surname Hansen were residents of Denmark (frequency 1:28), 31.6% of the United States (1:1,933), 10.5% of Norway (1:83), 10.2% of Germany (1:1,330), 2.3% of Canada (1:2,658), 2.3% of Australia (1:1,773), 1.3% of Sweden (1:1,325) and 1.2% of South Africa (1:7,460).

In Denmark, the frequency of the surname was higher than national average (1:28) in the following regions:

In Norway, the frequency of the surname was higher than national average (1:83) in the following regions:[5]

Notable people

Notable people with the surname include:

Arts and entertainment






  1. ^ "Navne - Danmarks Statistik". Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  2. ^ "Navn". SSB. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  3. ^ "Verteilung des Namens "Hansen" in Deutschland". Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  4. ^ "Danskernes Navne – University of Copenhagen - Name Research Section". Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  5. ^ Hansen surname distribution

See also