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Alison Name Meaning

Scottish: variant of Allison in most cases a cognate of 2 below. French: from a variant of the old French female personal name Alis from ancient Germanic Adalheidis (see Allis ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Allison, Brison, Matison, Lyson, Elson, Dison, Allton, Allsop, Amason

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Where is the Alison family from?

You can see how Alison families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Alison family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Alison families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 18 Alison families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 27% of all the recorded Alison's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Alison families in 1840.
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What did your Alison ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Alison. 29% of Alison men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Alison women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Alison were Carpenter and Saleslady. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Farm Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Saleslady
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Census Records

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Alison. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Alison 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 Alison. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Alison. For the veterans among your Alison ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Alison lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Alison life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Alison in 1952 was 39, and 56 in 2004.

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