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Alex Family History

Alex Name Meaning

From a short form of Alexis or Alexander in any of several languages.

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


Similar surnames: Alexa, Ales, Lex, Alix, Ale, Eales, Alexy, Alejo, Aldi, Halek

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Where is the Alex family from?

You can see how Alex families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Alex family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Alex families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 3 Alex families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 43% of all the recorded Alex's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Alex families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Alex surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Alex ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Alex. 21% of Alex men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Alex women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Alex were Salesman and Laborer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    21%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Proprietor
    5%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    12%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Waitress
    8%
  • Laborer
    7%
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Census Records

There are 22,000 census records available for the last name Alex. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Alex census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Alex. 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 Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Alex. For the veterans among your Alex ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Alex lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Alex life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Alex in 1948 was 42, and 79 in 2004.

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