Christianson last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Christianson is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Christianson.

Meaning of Christianson

Son of Christian, an English patronymic surname derived from the personal name Christian, meaning "follower of Christ."

Christianson, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Christianson surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Christianson in America

Christianson is the 3001st most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Christianson surname appeared 11,951 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 people would have the surname Christianson.

We can also compare 2010 data for Christianson to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 3001 2787 7.39%
Count 11,951 11,866 0.71%
Proportion per 100k 4.05 4.40 -8.28%

The history of the last name Christianson

Christianson is a Scandinavian surname with its origins in Denmark and Norway. It is a patronymic surname, meaning it was originally derived from the father's given name, in this case Christian. The suffix "-son" was added to the name to indicate "son of."

The name Christian itself has Greek roots, stemming from the word "Christos" which means "anointed." It was a popular name among early Christians and became widely used across Europe as Christianity spread.

Some of the earliest recorded instances of the surname Christianson can be traced back to medieval Scandinavian records and parish registers from the 13th and 14th centuries. Variations in spelling were common during this time, with the name appearing as Christenss√łn, Kristiannson, and Kristiannss√łn, among others.

One notable historical figure bearing the Christianson name was Hans Christianson (1566-1628), a Danish naval officer and explorer who led several expeditions to Greenland and the Arctic regions in the early 17th century. His explorations contributed greatly to the mapping and knowledge of these areas.

Another prominent individual was Nils Christianson (1837-1912), a Norwegian-American Lutheran minister and educator who played a significant role in establishing Lutheran churches and schools in the Midwestern United States during the late 19th century.

In the literary world, Ole Edvart Christianson (1854-1935) was a Norwegian-American author and journalist who wrote extensively about the experiences of Norwegian immigrants in the United States, preserving their stories and cultural traditions.

Erika Christianson (1901-1985), born in Sweden, was a renowned medical researcher and physician who made significant contributions to the understanding of diabetes and metabolic disorders.

Lastly, Greta Christianson (1914-2001), a Danish-American actress, had a successful career on stage and screen, appearing in numerous Broadway productions and Hollywood films throughout the mid-20th century.

While the Christianson surname has its roots in Scandinavia, it has since spread across the globe, carried by generations of descendants and immigrants seeking new opportunities in different parts of the world.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Christianson

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Christianson.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Christianson was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 94.34% 11,275
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.38% 45
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.54% 65
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.71% 85
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.66% 198
Hispanic Origin 2.36% 282

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Christianson has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 94.34% 95.56% -1.28%
Black 0.38% 0.28% 30.30%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.54% 0.50% 7.69%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.71% 0.69% 2.86%
Two or More Races 1.66% 1.26% 27.40%
Hispanic 2.36% 1.71% 31.94%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Christianson was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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