When Jens Christensen was born in 1765, in Hørby, Børglum, Denmark, his father, Christen Jensen Nyholm, was 28 and his mother, Maren Olsdatter, was 19. He died after 1787.
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 .