Alden Family History

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Alden Name Meaning

English: from a Middle English personal name. This is either Aldan, a variant of Healfdane (see Haldane), or Aldine, Old English Ealdwine, literally ‘old friend’, but probably to be interpreted as ‘friend of the past’. Norwegian: habitational name from a farmstead in western Norway, so named because of its situation below a high mountain.

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

Similar surnames: Olden, Alder, Elden, Walden, Olsen, Allen, Arden, Almen, Aden, Lien

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Alden Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Alden name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Alden. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • European Jewish


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Alden Family Origin

Where is the Alden family from?

Alden Family Occupations

What did your Alden ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Alden occupation in the USA was Farmer. 25% of Alden's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Alden family was Laborer. Farmer, Keeping House and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Alden.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter

  • Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Alden ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Alden Historical Records

What Alden family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 68,000 census records available for the last name Alden. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Alden census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Alden. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Alden. For the veterans among your Alden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Alden Life Expectancy

What is the average Alden lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Alden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Alden in 1944 was 51, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Alden ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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