When Hans Christensen was born on 28 November 1823, in Vallekilde, Holbæk, Denmark, his father, Christian Hansen, was 22 and his mother, Kirsten Hansdatter, was 34. He died on 11 May 1836, in Denmark, at the age of 12.
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 .
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