Hansen (surname)

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Hansen Danish pronunciation: [ˈhænsn̩] is a Swedish Danish-Norwegian-Faroese patronymic surname, literally meaning son of Hans. It is the third most common surname in Denmark, shared by about 4.3% of the population.[1] Hansen is the single most common surname in Norway, not counting spelling variations such as Hanssen, which are also quite common.[2] In the Faroe Islands Hansen is the second most common surname, while in the North German federal states of Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg Hansen is the third and fifth most common surname, respectively.[3] In Sweden the parallel form is Hansson. The frequent occurrences of Hansen as a surname outside Denmark,[4] Norway and Schleswig-Holstein is due to immigration, though immigrants to English-speaking countries often changed the spelling to match the English lastname: Hanson in order to accommodate English orthographic rules.

Hansen or Hanssen may refer to:

Arts and entertainment


  1. ^ [1] Statistics Denmark
  2. ^ [2] Statistics Norway
  3. ^ Map of German telephone directory entries
  4. ^ University of Copenhagen - Name Research Section

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