Welcome to the personal part of my website!
I’m married to Jessica Olson, the most beautiful woman in the world! We have
two utterly adorable children.
Check out our family website at olson.pw.
Here’s the low-down on each of my names:
- Kenneth (Ken). My first name comes from Ken Milhous, the son of my
mother’s best friend back in high school. My family visited the Milhous family,
and my brothers enjoyed hanging out with Ken so much that when I came along they
said, “Let’s call him ‘Ken’!”
- S. stands for “Scott”. There's no special reason for this name. Mom
and Dad just liked the sound of it.
- Olson. My last name comes from my great-great grandfather, Ole
Petersen. He was a fisherman in Norway, who unfortunately drowned in a fishing
accident in the North Sea. His only son was Peter Olsen (“Olsen” = ‘son of
Ole’). Peter moved to the U.S. when he was 16 years old, and the spelling of his
last name was changed to “Olson” at that time. He spent the rest of his life
working for the Great Northern Railroad in northern Minnesota.
- Floyd. My mother’s maiden name is Floyd, an anglicized
version of the Welsh name Lloyd, which means ‘holy’ or ‘grey’ (Evans
and Thomas 1968:315). It is also a nickname for someone with grey hair or who
wears grey (Hanks et al. 2002). The Welsh spelling is “llwyd”. The “ll” in Welsh
is an alveolar lateral fricative [ɬ], so the original Welsh pronunciation is
[ɬuid]. The English spelling “fl” is likely due to the fact that the lateral
fricative sounds something like [fl] to English ears.
I enjoy music. Both Jessica and I sing and write songs, and I play
guitar. Here are a few of our favorite songs:
I own two folk guitars, a classical guitar, an electric guitar, and a bass
guitar. I’m also borrowing my dad’s mandolin, which I need to get back to him
Jessica and I enjoy camping, photography, and singing together
(she has a beautiful voice!). I recently read The Five Love Languages
by Gary Chapman, which is the most helpful book I’ve read in a long time.
We enjoy watching Rick Steves’ Europe and listening to A Prairie Home
Jessica and I are members of Redeemer Covenant Church, in Carrollton, Texas. Redeemer is
part of the
Church denomination. Our home churches are
Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale (Jessica) and
Rochester Covenant Church (Ken).
- Evans, H. Meurig & W. O. Thomas. 1968 . Y Geiriadur Mawr: The complete
Welsh-English English-Welsh Dictionary. Latest Edition. Christopher Davies, A
Gwasg Gomer (this printing: 1989)
- Hanks, Patrick, Flavia Hodges, A. D. Mills & Adrian Room. 2002. The Oxford
names companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
E-mail address: ken1 (AT) awuka.com
Copyright © 2015 Kenneth S. Olson.
Photo copyright © 2007 Ken and Jessica Olson.