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Alston Family History

Alston Name Meaning
from the Middle English personal name Alstan, which is a coalescence of several different Old English personal names: Æ{dh}elstan ‘noble stone’, Ælfstan ‘elf stone’, Ealdstan ‘old stone’, or Ealhstan ‘altar stone’.habitational name from any of various places called Alston (in Cumbria, Lancashire, Devon, and Somerset) or Alstone (in Gloucestershire and Staffordshire). With the exception of Alston in Cumbria, which is formed with the Old Scandinavian personal name Halfdan, these place names all consist of an Old English personal name + Old English tun ‘settlement’, for example Ælfsige in the case of Alstone in Gloucestershire.

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

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Name Distribution of Alston Families

  • Number of Alston families
     398 - 794
     133 - 397
     1 - 132
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Alston families
     393 - 784
     132 - 392
     1 - 131
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Alston families
     133 - 264
     45 - 132
     1 - 44
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Alston Family Origin

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Alston Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Alston

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Alston Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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