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In the USA, a common anglicization of the Swedish Olsson and Danish and Norwegian Olsen, all meaning "son of Olaf".

  1. A surname​.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Olson

Kaitlin Olson is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2000 to present. Kaitlin was given the name Kaitlin Willow Olson on August 18th, 1975 in Portland, Oregon.


Bree was given the name Rachel Marie Oberlin on October 7th, 1986 in Houston. Bree is also known as Oberlin and Rachel Marie.


Olivia Olson is an acoustic music, contemporary r&b, and experimental music actor, singer-songwriter, and writer. She plays Human voice. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2003 to present. Olivia was given the name Olivia Rose Olson on May 21st, 1992 in Los Angeles.


Peggy Olson is a copy chief, sterling cooper & partners, former:, cutler, gleason & chaough, advertising copywriter, sterling cooper draper pryce, sterling cooper, secretary to don draper, and don draper.


Sigrid Valdis was an actress. Her career lasted from 1957 to 1970. Sigrid was given the name Patricia Annette Olson on September 21st, 1935 in Bakersfield, California, U.S. Sigrid is also known as Olson and Patricia Annette. She left this life on October 14th, 2007.


Barbara Olson was a political commentator and lawyer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1990 to 2001. Barbara was given the name Barbara Kay Bracher on December 27th, 1955 in Houston. She breathed her last breath on September 11th, 2001.


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Popularity of Olson as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Olson U.S.
  White 94.76% 64.26%
  African American 0.40% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.66% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.72% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.43% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.03% 16.26%

Of Last Name Olson

People with the last name Olson are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Olson

  • How Popular is the name Olson? Olson is the 29,901st most popular name of all time. As a last name Olson was the 157th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Olson have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 160 babies born with the first name Olson in the United States. That's more than enough people named Olson to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Olson? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1927 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Olson first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Olson is Sunday, March 6th, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named Olson born? The highest recorded use of the first name Olson was in 2016 with a total of 16 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Olson: Your name in reverse order is Noslo. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lonos. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Olson? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 164,035 people with the last name Olson.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Olson? Olson was ranked as the 157th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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