George William Johansen

4 December 1917–24 June 1996 (Age 78)
Odda, Hordaland, Norway

The Life of George William

When George William Johansen was born on 4 December 1917, in Odda, Hordaland, Norway, his father, Nils Martinius Johansen, was 28 and his mother, Gudrun Cecelia Andersen, was 26. He married Dorothy Sonsteby on 23 December 1944. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He died on 24 June 1996, at the age of 78.

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Family Time Line

George William Johansen
Dorothy Sonsteby
Marriage: 23 December 1944
Grethe Johansen
Kristin Johansen

Spouse and Children

23 December 1944


Parents and Siblings



    Harry Vilhelm Johansen



    Hardis Eleonore Johansen


World Events (2)

1923 · Naming Law

Age 6

Naming Law adopted in Norway when each family was required to have a surname. They couldn't use patronymics. It could be either the husband's or wife's family name.
1940 · Norway in WW II

Age 23

German occupation of Norway from 9 April 1940 to 9 May 1945. Much damage was done to northern Norway.

Name Meaning

North German, Danish, and Norwegian: patronymic from the personal name Johann (Scandinavian), Johann (German), vernacular forms of Johannes ( see John ).

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

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Story Highlight

George William Johansen

My Grandpa George was the best. I loved hearing him talk in his Norwegian accent. He talked to everyone he met and instantly became friends. He loved hanging out at ZCMI downtown with his friends f …

Sources (3)

  • George William Johansen, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • George W Johansen in entry for Dorothy S Johansen, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"
  • George William Johansen in entry for Grethe Johansen Pettey, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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