Nilsen Family History

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Nilsen Name Meaning

Norwegian: patronymic from the personal name Nils, a reduced form of Nikolaus (see Nicholas).

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

Similar surnames: Nielsen, Nissen, Niesen, Gillen, Nelsen, Wilson, Billen, Nelson

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Nilsen Family Origin

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Nilsen Family Occupations

What did your Nilsen ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Cigar Maker and Coach Maker were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Nilsen. The most common Nilsen occupation in the UK was Cigar Maker. 50% of Nilsen's were Cigar Makers.

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  • Cigar Maker

  • Coach Maker


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

Nilsen Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Nilsen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nilsen 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 64,000 immigration records available for the last name Nilsen. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Nilsen. For the veterans among your Nilsen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Nilsen Life Expectancy

What is the average Nilsen lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Nilsen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Nilsen in 1950 was 41, and 82 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Nilsen

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Nilsen 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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