When Soren Peder Christensen was born on 20 December 1848, in Vesterø, Læsø, Hjørring, Denmark, his father, Christen Andreasen Ydegaard, was 43 and his mother, Maren Cathrine Nielsen, was 35. He died on 28 August 1855, in Vesterø, Hjørring, Denmark, at the age of 6.
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 .