Jensen began as a surname in eastern Europe and Denmark. This origin makes it unique in terms of following the trend of surname usage as most come from England or Ireland. Jensen can be used by either gender, however, and is gaining popularity as it is close to the top 300 list.

Meaning of the name Jensen:

Scandinavian: son of Jens

Origin of the name Jensen:

Jensen is unique in the surname trend as it comes from Scandinavian countries rather than England. It is a patriarchal family name that represents families that began with someone named Jen, which is an alternative to Johannes. It remains the most common last name in all of Denmark, though it became a standalone first name in recent years.

Symbolism of the name Jensen:

Jensen retains the meaning of the surname. It still relates back to the heritage of the name which represents those who are sons of someone named Jen throughout all of Scandinavia.

Baby name Jensen

Style of the name Jensen:

The baby name is traditional for surname use and modern for first name use.

Gender of the name Jensen:

Jensen is a name for both boys and girls.

Pronunciation of the name Jensen:


Number of syllables in the name Jensen:


Emotion evoked from the name Jensen:

Jensen feels simple yet strong. The strength makes this name option feel a bit formal though.

Alternative spellings for the name Jensen:

Nicknames for the name Jensen:

  • Jen
  • Jenni
  • Jenny
  • Jennie 
  • Jay
  • Jensie
  • Jens

Popularity of the name Jensen:

Jensen was a top 1,000 name in 1998 and did not come back to the list until 2008. It moved to a top 400 ranking in 2014, and a top 300 rating in 2018 and 2019. As of 2020, Jensen is just above the top 300 mark at rank 302.

Related names for the name Jensen:

Great middle names for Jensen and their meanings:

  • Davis (beloved, son of David)
  • Elliott (with strength and right)
  • Levi (united, joined, harmonious)
  • Wyatt (brave in world)
  • Beau (beautiful)
  • Adeline (noble)
  • Ariel (lion of God)
  • Leanne (grace, favor)
  • Ruth (companion, friend)
  • Nicole (people of victory)

Famous people with the name Jensen:

  • Jensen Arnold (professional dancer)
  • Jensen Ackles (actor, “Supernatural”)
  • Jensen (Hot Karl, raper)

Jensens in popular culture:

  • Jensen (character from “Days of Our Lives”)
  • Jensen (character from “Parenthood”)