Kristoffer Olsen Bjerke

26 November 1846–18 December 1917 (Age 71)
Bjørkesæter, Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway

The Life of Kristoffer

When Kristoffer Olsen Bjerke was born on 26 November 1846, in Bjørkesæter, Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway, his father, Ole Christoffersen, was 25 and his mother, Gunhild Andersd., was 24. He married Ingeborg Hendrichsdatter on 8 October 1871, in Asker, Akershus, Norway. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 18 December 1917, in Oslo, Norway, at the age of 71.

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Family Time Line

Kristoffer Olsen Bjerke
Ingeborg Hendrichsdatter
Marriage: 8 October 1871
Helga Matilda Bjerke
Oskar Bjerke
Harald Bjerke
Gunda Bjerke
Inga Caroline Bjerke

Spouse and Children

8 October 1871
Asker, Akershus, Norway


Parents and Siblings



    Inger Maria Olsen


    Inger Maria Olsen



    Anne Olsen


    Martin Olsen


+7 More Children

World Events (8)

1847 · Nordlyset

Age 1

First Norwegian-American newspaper was published in the Norwegian language. It was published in Wisconsin.
1855 · Erik Werenskiold

Age 9

Birth year of Erik Werenskiold Norwegian painter and illustrator. He was especially known for his drawings of the Asbjørnsen and Moe fairytale collection.
1865 · 1865 Norwegian Census

Age 19

Arranged by county, clerical district, parish. Includes names with their birth years & places, position in family, occupation, indexes to farms & localities.

Name Meaning

1 Danish and Norwegian: patronymic from the personal name Olaf, Olav (Old Norse Óláfr, Ólafr, variant Óleifr, earlier Anleifr, from proto-Scandinavian elements meaning ‘ancestor’ + ‘heir’, ‘descendant’). Olaf has always been one of the most common Scandinavian names; it continued to be popular in the Middle Ages, in part as a result of the fame of St. Olaf, King of Norway, who brought Christianity to his country c.1030 . This surname, the second most common in Norway, is also established in England, notably in the Newcastle upon Tyne area.2 German (Ölsen): habitational name from any of several places so named, in Saxony, Brandenburg, and the Rhineland.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Kristoffer Olsen Bjerke, "Scandinavia, Mission Emigration Records, 1852-1920"
  • Christopher Bzerke in entry for Helga Matilda Mork, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"
  • Christofer O. Bjerke in entry for Helga Matilda Mork, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956"

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