The Nielsen family are one of the four interconnected families who are the central characters of Dark.
The name Nielsen is of Scandinavian origin, and most commonly found in northern Germany. It means "son of Niels," Niels being a Danish form of Nicholas. Nicholas, in turn, is a name of Greek origin meaning "victory of the people."
The earliest known member of the family is Erna, who operates a guesthouse in Winden in 1921, and appears to be the mother of Agnes Nielsen and her brother, Hanno Tauber (Noah). Assuming Nielsen is Agnes' married name and the name Hanno Tauber is real, Erna may be assumed to have the surname Tauber as well.
Agnes left Winden at some point but to Winden with Tronte in 1953, staying in the home of Doris Tiedemann and becoming romantically involved with her. She told Doris that she had married a minister who had lost his faith, and that he had died.
Tronte remained in Winden and married Jana Nielsen (maiden name unknown), with whom he had two sons, Ulrich and Mads. Mads disappeared mysteriously in 1986, and his body was discovered by Peter Doppler even more mysteriously in 2019.
Ulrich eventually married his high school sweetheart, Katharina Nielsen neé Albers. They had three children, Magnus, Martha, and Mikkel. Mikkel himself disappeared under mysterious circumstances in 2019, having traveled to 1986 unbeknownst to the others, and eventually married into the Kahnwald family.
The following is a family tree representing the Nielsen Family.
|Unknown||Agnes Nielsen||Doris Tiedemann (lover, see Tiedemann family)||Noah (see Doppler family)|
|Tronte Nielsen||Jana Nielsen|
|Mads Nielsen||Ulrich Nielsen||Katharina Nielsen|
|Magnus Nielsen||Martha Nielsen||Mikkel Nielsen/Michael Kahnwald|
(adopted by Ines Kahnwald)
|Hannah Kahnwald (see Kahnwald family)|
- All of Ulrich and Katharina's childrens' names begin with the letter M (Magnus, Martha and Mikkel), possibly in memory of Ulrich's missing brother Mads.