The Norwegian and Danish surname Hansen, also found in northern Germany and Holland is of patronymic origin, being derived from the personal name Hans, a form of Johannes meaning “Jehovah has favored.” It is the third most common surname in Denmark, shared by about 4.3% of the population. Hansen is the single most common surname in Norway, not counting spelling variations such as Hanssen, which are also quite common. In the North German federal states of Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg Hansen is the third and fifth most common surname, respectively. Amongst the early recordings are those of Hainrich Hans, of Ringlers, Germany, in the year 1357.
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