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The OLSEN surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 57,357 521 0.021 213
United States (1880 census) 6,231 981 0.012 125
Change since 1880 +51126 +460 +0.009 +88
Other Countries
Australia 3,050 509 0.019 187
United Kingdom 1,560 3627 0.003 34
Top States for OLSEN by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 5,739 513 0.017 169
Utah 4,721 22 0.211 2,114
Washington 4,018 107 0.068 682
New York 3,332 450 0.018 176
Minnesota 3,186 83 0.065 648
Top States for OLSEN by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Utah 4,721 22 0.211 2,114
Idaho 1,122 85 0.087 867
Montana 710 74 0.079 787
Alaska 432 107 0.069 689
Washington 4,018 107 0.068 682


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called OLSEN live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called OLSEN represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called OLSEN in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a OLSEN by picking someone at random in Utah than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of OLSEN

Region of origin: Europe

Ethnic origin: Scandinavian

Religious origin: Christian

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the OLSEN surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of OLSEN in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 975 1.7
Mixed Race 780 1.36
Native American/Alaskan 419 0.73
Asian/Pacific 367 0.64
Black/African American 161 0.28
White (Caucasian) 54,650 95.28

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the OLSEN surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of OLSEN in historical publications

Sorry, we don't have any information on the meaning of OLSEN.

Similar names to OLSEN

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as OLSEN.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for OLSEN

The following words are slight variants of OLSEN that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.