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Alger Family History

Alger Name Meaning
English: from one or more Middle English personal names variously written Alger, Algar, Alcher, Aucher, etc. These represent a falling together of at least three different Continental Germanic and Old English names: Adalgar ‘noble spear’ (Old English Æ{dh}elgar), Albgar ‘elf spear’ (Old English Ælfgar), and Aldgar ‘old spear’ (Old English (E)aldgar). The Continental Germanic forms were brought to England from France by the Normans. Compare the French cognate Auger. In Norfolk and northern England, the source is probably the Old Norse name Álfgeirr ‘elf spear’. The modern English surname is found mainly in East Anglia.German: from a reduced form of the Germanic personal name Adalgar (see 1 above).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Alger Families

  • Number of Alger families
     118 - 234
     40 - 117
     1 - 39
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Alger families
     76 - 150
     26 - 75
     1 - 25
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Alger last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Alger Family Origin

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Alger Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Alger

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Alger Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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