Carlson Family History

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Carlson Name Meaning

Scandinavian: respelling of Norwegian and Danish Carlsen or Swedish Carlsson. Dutch and German: patronymic from Carl. See also Karlson.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Carlson Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Carlson name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Carlson. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Sweden


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Norway


  • Germanic Europe


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Carlson Family Origin

Where is the Carlson family from?

Carlson Family Occupations

What did your Carlson ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Carlson occupation in the UK was Mariner. 18% of Carlson's were Mariners. A less common occupation for the Carlson family was Charwoman. Mariner, Agricultural Labourer and Beer Retailer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Carlson.

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  • Mariner

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Beer Retailer

  • Charwoman


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Carlson ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Carlson Historical Records

What Carlson family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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

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Draft Card

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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Carlson Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Carlson

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Carlson ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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