Christopher Olsen

2 September 1839–27 March 1911 (Age 71)
Luster, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway

The Life of Christopher

When Christopher Olsen was born on 2 September 1839, in Luster, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway, his father, Ole Hansen, was 35 and his mother, Marte Kristoffersen, was 31. He married Kari Knudsdr on 18 June 1862, in Hafslo, Luster, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. He died on 27 March 1911, in Utica, Crawford, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 71.

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Christopher Olsen
Kari Knudsdr
Marriage: 18 June 1862
Oline Kristoffersen
Karen Kristoffersen
Anna Marie Runice
Olina Runice
Martin O Runice

Spouse and Children


    Kari Knudsdr


18 June 1862
Hafslo, Luster, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway


    Oline Kristoffersen


    Karen Kristoffersen


    Anna Marie Runice


    Olina Runice


    Martin O Runice


Parents and Siblings



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1860 · School Act

Age 21

School Act of 1860 which required permanent schools in both towns and rural areas.

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)

  • Christopher Olsen, "Norway Baptisms, 1634-1927"
  • Christopher Olsen in entry for Karen Kristoffersen, "Norway, Baptisms, 1634-1927"
  • Christopher Olsen, "Norway, Baptisms, 1634-1927"

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