Karlson Family History

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Karlson Name Meaning

Respelling of a Scandinavian patronymic derived from the personal name Karl, i.e. Swedish Karlsson or Danish and Norwegian Karlsen. German: patronymic from the personal name Karl. See also Charles.

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

Similar surnames: Karlsen, Carlson, Karlsson, Karlin, Kelson, Carlsen, Paulson, Arnson

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Karlson Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Karlson name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Karlson. 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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Karlson Family Origin

Where is the Karlson family from?

Karlson Family Occupations

What did your Karlson ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Karlson family was Cabinet Maker. The most common Karlson occupation in the USA was Farmer. 43% of Karlson's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Blacksmith were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Karlson.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Blacksmith

  • Cabinet Maker


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

Karlson Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Karlson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Karlson 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 43,000 immigration records available for the last name Karlson. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Karlson. For the veterans among your Karlson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Karlson Life Expectancy

What is the average Karlson lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Karlson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Karlson in 1944 was 46, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Karlson 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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