When Jens Christensen was born on 19 July 1778, in Snedsted, Vestervig, Denmark, his father, Christen Jensen, was 39 and his mother, Johanne Poulsen, was 37.
Some characteristic forenames: Scandinavian Erik, Nels, Niels, Lars, Bent, Anders, Thor, Jorgen, Nils, Einer, Viggo, Folmer.
Danish, Norwegian, and North German: patronymic from the personal name Christen . In North America, this surname is also an altered form of the especially Danish and Norwegian variant Kristensen . Compare Christenson and Christianson .