Larson Surname Genealogy
name derived originally from the Roman name Laurentius
meaning “crowned with laurel.” Lars as a
patronymic surname became Larsen in Denmark and Norway, Larsson in
generally Larson in America.
were rarely hereditary in the manner of German or British surnames
the 18th century at the earliest. In fact the use of hereditary
surnames passed down from father to son only became mandatory inthe
mid-19th century. Thus it was still the case that Lars Paulsen
who died in
Norway in 1855 could be the father of Ole Larson who departed for
Larson Resources on
- Ole Larson’s Folks
Ole Larson from Norway to Wisconsin.
- The Larson Family
Larsons from Sweden to Minnesota.
- Walter Chester Larson
Larsons in Saskatchewan.
numbers today are around 280,000
in Scandinavia (Larsen and Larsson) and 90,000 in America (Larson and
lesser extent Larsen). Larsons starting
arriving in America when the Scandinavian immigration began in the
America. Iowa, and in
particular Clayton county in
Iowa, appears to have been a first port of call for Norwegian Larsons
- Peter Larson arrived at St.
Olaf in 1849. His line was covered in
Norma Gilbertson’s 1980 book Larson
- while Holga and
Sarah Larson had arrived in 1848 and made their home in McGregor. Their son John had the leading boot and shoe
store in the town.
Laur Larsen was a Lutheran minister and teacher who came
first to St. Louis before making his home in Decatur where he was the
President of Luther College from 1862 to 1902.
However, the main Larson influx
was to be into the Midwestern states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Minnesota. This state still has the
largest number of
Larsons in America. It was mainly Swedes
who came there. In fact Kirsten Larson was a fictitious
Swedish immigrant who settledwith
her family in 1854 in what was then Minnesota territory.
Among the real Swedes who emigrated to
- Nels Larson
and his family who came to Wright county in 1867. Here
they cleared their land and in time had
a well cultivated farm.
- Lars and Anna Larson who came to a Swedish settlement at
Lake Park in
Becker county in 1876. However, they
found farming in Minnesota tough and in 1887 moved onto another Swedish
settlement in the San Joaquin valley of California.
- while Bengt Larson arrived
around 1890 and made his home at Little Falls in Morrison county. His son Paul started the Larson Boat works
along the Mississippi river in 1925 and kept on going, building mainly
boats, until his retirement in 1976. By
then Little Falls was being called “the small-boat
capital of the world.”
Wisconsin attracted immigrants from Denmark and Norway.
- Hans and Karen Larson from
Norway who came to Jefferson county in 1855 and farmed there for
before moving onto a new homestead in Minnesota.
and Annie Larson from Norway who first settled in 1861 in Columbia
John worked as a carpenter. In 1872 they
too moved to Minnesota, settling in Yellow Medicine county.
Larson from Norway who arrived in 1865 and made his
home near Coon Prairie in Vernon county. He
lived there until his death in 1908.
- James Larson, a ship captain and
shipbuilder from Denmark, who came in 1871 and settled in Marinette
county. He was elected to the Wisconsin
State Assembly in 1913.
- Nels Larson,
also from Denmark, who came with his parents in 1874 and settled in
county. He too served in the Wisconsin
State Assembly, at various times between 1921 and 1937.
- and Lars Larson, a merchant
seaman from Norway, who came to Wisconsin in 1883 and bought farming
Abbotsford in Clark county. His son
Martin migrated north to a new homestead near Sturgis in Saskatchewan
also came to California, either
directly from Scandinavia or second or third generation Larsons who had
there from the Midwest.
Carl Larsen came to San Francisco from Denmark around 1870
and by the early 1900’s was a major landowner in the city’s Sunset
District. Larsen Park there was his
legacy. Charles Larson, who had arrived in San Francisco from
Sweden in 1887,
became by the early 1900’s a prominent merchant in the town of Eureka
Further north in the 1950’s in
Tacoma, Washington lived Verner Larson, the son of a Swedish immigrant
Michigan around 1900. Verner was the
father of the cartoonist
Gary Larson, best known as the creator of The
Canada. The Canadian West opened up
later than the American West so that Larsons arrived there later.
Many in fact
came from America. Bernard Larson had
arrived in North Dakota from Sweden in 1878.
He left in 1902 for Saskatchewan where he founded the town of
Lang (by convincing the
Canadian Pacific Railway to locate a railway siding on his land).
Larson departed Minnesota for Saskatchewan in 1904.
His son Walt
Larson was a cattle rancher near Braken from the 1920’s until
retirement in 1968. Henry Larson
meanwhile came from Yellow Medicine county, Minnesota to Fosstown,
If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:
Larson was the Police Officer in Berkeley, California
who in the 1920’s invented the modern polygraph for use in forensic
Don Larsen, pitching in the 1956 World Series, is the only
pitcher to have a no-hitter and perfect game in World Series baseball
Gary Larson is an American
cartoonist, best known as the creator of The
- 90,000 in America (most numerous in Minnesota)
- 10,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Canada)
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