When Merle Newton Carlson was born on 24 August 1922, in Ogden, Boone, Iowa, United States, his father, Gustaf Erik Carlsson, was 45 and his mother, Selma Maria Rydell, was 39. He married Lizabeth J. "Jeanette" Hanson on 1 January 1949, in Bode, Humboldt, Iowa, United States. He lived in Yell Township, Boone, Iowa, United States in 1930. He died on 12 March 1988, at the age of 65, and was buried in Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois, United States.
Some characteristic forenames: Scandinavian Erik, Nels, Lennart, Nils, Sven, Helmer, Iver, Berger, Erland, Lars, Anders, Evald.
Americanized form (and a less common Swedish variant) of Swedish Carlsson or Karlsson . This is also an Americanized form of the Norwegian and Danish cognates Carlsen and Karlsen . Compare Charlson .
German: variant of Karlson and, in North America, (also) an altered form of this. This surname is also found in Britain, possibly to be associated first with immigration of German miners into Cumberland in the 16th century.