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Alger Name Meaning

English: from one or more Middle English personal names variously written Alger, Algar, Alcher, Aucher, etc. These represent a falling together of at least three different Continental Germanic and Old English names: Adalgar ‘noble spear’ (Old English Æ{dh}elgar), Albgar ‘elf spear’ (Old English Ælfgar), and Aldgar ‘old spear’ (Old English (E)aldgar). The Continental Germanic forms were brought to England from France by the Normans. Compare the French cognate Auger. In Norfolk and northern England, the source is probably the Old Norse name Álfgeirr ‘elf spear’. The modern English surname is found mainly in East Anglia. German: from a reduced form of the Germanic personal name Adalgar (see 1 above).

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

Similar surnames: Alder, Algeo, Ager, Alber, Auger, Alter, Almer, Roger, Anger, Alley

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Where is the Alger family from?

You can see how Alger families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Alger family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Alger families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 50 Alger families living in Massachusetts. This was about 27% of all the recorded Alger's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Alger families in 1840.
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What did your Alger ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Alger. 19% of Alger men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Alger women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Alger were Carpenter and Teacher.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 48,000 census records available for the last name Alger. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Alger 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Alger. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Alger. For the veterans among your Alger ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Alger lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Alger life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Alger in 1943 was 35, and 73 in 2004.

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