John Olsen was born in 1605, in Akershus, Norway. He had at least 4 sons and 3 daughters with Rebecca Nielsen. He died on 15 March 1673, at the age of 68.
Some characteristic forenames: Scandinavian Erik, Nels, Nils, Lars, Alf, Thor, Niels, Sven, Jorgen, Helmer, Iver, Arnfinn.
Danish and Norwegian: patronymic from the personal name Ole, a short form of Olaf, Olav (see Olafsen ). This surname is the third most common in Norway. It is also established in northeastern England and in northern Germany. Compare Ohlsen , Olesen , Oleson , and Olson .
German (Ölsen): habitational name from any of several places so named, in Saxony, Brandenburg, and the Rhineland.