Christensen literally means "son of Christen," a common Danish variant of the given name Christian, which derives from the Greek word xριστιανός (christianos), meaning "follower of Christ."
In Norway and Sweden, the -son variations such as Christenson and Kristenson are more common.
Christensen is the 6th most popular surname in Denmark.
Surname Origin: Danish, Norwegian, North German
Alternate Surname Spellings: KRISTENSEN, CRESTENSEN, KRESTENSEN, CHRISTENSEN, KHRISTENSEN, CHRISTENSON, KRISTENSON, CHRISTIANSEN, KRISTIANSEN
Famous People With the Surname
- Carlos Hugo Christensen, Argentine screenwriter, film director, and producer
- Helena Christensen, Danish supermodel
- Hayden Christensen, Canadian-American actor and producer
- Tom Kristensen, Danish poet, novelist, and journalist
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