When Karen Nielsen or Nilsdatter was born on 25 August 1743, in Povlsker, Sønder, Bornholm, Denmark, her father, Niels Jensen, was 29 and her mother, Karen Gudbergsdatter, was 30. She died after 1772, in Denmark.
Some characteristic forenames: Scandinavian Erik, Niels, Jorgen, Knud, Lars, Nels, Bent, Borge, Holger, Ove, Einer, Oluf.
Danish, Norwegian, and North German: patronymic from the personal name Niels, a shortened form of Nikolaus (see Nicholas ). Compare Nielson , Neilsen , Nelsen , Nilsen , and Nilson .