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Albany Name Meaning

Scottish and English: from the title of the Dukes of Albany (House of Stuart), hence a name borne by their retainers. It is an infrequent surname in England and Scotland. The city of Albany, NY (formerly the Dutch settlement of Beverwijck or Fort Orange) was named for James Stuart, Duke of York and Albany; he was the brother of King Charles II and later king in his own right as James II. In 1664 he financed a fleet to take over the Dutch colony of New Netherland (now New York state). The American family name was apparently adopted at this period. The word Albany is from Latin Albania, Gaelic Albainn, genitive of Alba ‘Scotland’. It is the same word as English Albion, an old name for the whole of Britain.

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


Similar surnames: Alban, Albano, Allan, Alan, Albin, Allman, Almasy, Alba, Alsbury

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Albany Family Origin

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Albany Family Occupations

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  • Laborer

    21%
  • Farmer

    17%
  • Works In Cotton Mill

    13%
  • City Park Guard

    4%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Albany family was City Park Guard. Laborer, Farmer and Works In Cotton Mill were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Albany. The most common Albany occupation in the USA was Laborer. 21% of Albany's were Laborers.

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Abraham Lincoln1809 - 1865 (56)
Albert Einstein1879 - 1955 (76)
Grace Kelly1929 - 1982 (52)
Martin Luther King, Jr.1929 - 1968 (39)
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Albert Einstein1879 - 1955 (76)
Grace Kelly1929 - 1982 (52)

John Philip Sousa1854 - 1932 (77)
James Dean1931 - 1955 (24)
Victor Hugo1802 - 1885 (83)
Babe Ruth1895 - 1948 (53)
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James Dean1931 - 1955 (24)
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