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Alton Family History

Alton Name Meaning
English: habitational name from any of the many places called Alton, in Derbyshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, and elsewhere. The origin is various: Alton in Derbyshire and Alton Grange in Leicestershire probably have as their first element Old English (e)ald ‘old’. Those in Hampshire, Dorset, and Wiltshire are at the sources of rivers, and are named in Old English as ‘settlement (tun) at the source (?wiell)’. Others derive from various Old English personal names; for example, the one in Staffordshire is formed with an unattested personal name, Ælfa, and one in Worcestershire, Eanulfintun in 1023, is ‘settlement associated with (-ing) Eanwulf’.

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

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Name Distribution of Alton Families

  • Number of Alton families
     39 - 76
     14 - 38
     1 - 13
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Alton families
     111 - 220
     38 - 110
     1 - 37
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Alton families
     14 - 25
     5 - 13
     1 - 4
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Alton Family Origin

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Alton Immigration Information

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Alton Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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