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Origins of the Nielsen surname

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About the Nielsens

We have a total number of 20728 records for people with the last name Nielsen.

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Where do most Nielsens live?

In 1921, most Nielsens lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Nielsens

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You have a rare surname! It's not in the top 1000 UK surnames!

We have 1,250 records for the Nielsen surname. The oldest one dates back to 1807.

Who were Nielsens most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Nielsen first names?

  • Niels
  • Jens
  • Maren
  • Karen

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Common jobs for Nielsens

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Nielsens in 1921


Stenographers And Typists


Drapers Assistant




Waiters And Waitresses


Common Male occupations for Nielsens in 1921
Able Seaman


Farm Hands


Semiskilled Chauffeurs And Drivers


General Farmers




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