When Knud Larsen was born on 9 November 1769, in Maribo, Denmark, his father, Lars Knudsen, was 25 and his mother, Johanne Madsen, was 31. He died on 14 November 1828, at the age of 59.
Some characteristic forenames: Scandinavian Erik, Lars, Nels, Niels, Sven, Thor, Knud, Nils, Per, Jorgen, Alf, Bjorn.
Danish, Norwegian, and North German: patronymic from the personal name Lars, an equivalent of Lawrence . This is also an Americanized form of the cognate Larssen. Compare Larson 1, Larrison , and Lawson 2.