The Swedish and English surname Hanson is of patronymic origin from the medieval personal name Han(n), which is usually a short form of Johan . In England the name is chiefly found the Midlands and northern England. When of Scandinavian origin Hanson is an anglicized form of Hannson or Hansen. A family by the name of Hanson was established in America by John Hanson, one of four brothers sent there by Queen Christina of Sweden in 1642. They were grandsons of an Englishman who had married into the Swedish royal family. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Hanneson, which was dated 1331, in the "Patent Rolls of Yorkshire."