Hansen (surname)

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Hansen or Hanssen (Danish pronunciation: [ˈhænsn̩]) is a Scandinavian patronymic surname, meaning son of Hans. As of 2008, it is the third most common surname in Denmark, shared by 4.3% of the population.[1] As of 2000, 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 Nordic immigrants to English-speaking countries often anglicised their names to Hanson in order to accommodate English orthographic rules.

Notable people[edit]

Notable people with the surname include:

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  1. ^ "Navne - Danmarks Statistik". dst.dk. Retrieved 2018-03-17. 
  2. ^ "Navn". SSB. Retrieved 2018-03-17. 
  3. ^ "Verteilung des Namens "Hansen" in Deutschland". verwandt.de. Retrieved 2018-03-17. 
  4. ^ "Danskernes Navne – University of Copenhagen - Name Research Section". danskernesnavne.navneforskning.ku.dk. Retrieved 2018-03-17. 

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