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Alt Family History

Alt Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from alt ‘old’, typically applied as a distinguishing epithet to the older of two bearers of the same personal name.

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


Similar surnames: Abt, Ast, Walt, Apt, Alm, Halt, Art, Alf, Arlt, Olt

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Where is the Alt family from?

You can see how Alt families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Alt family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Alt families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 16 Alt families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 47% of all the recorded Alt's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Alt families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Alt surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Alt ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Alt. 20% of Alt men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Alt women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Alt were Salesman and Housewife.

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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
    20%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Truck Driver
    5%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
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Census Records

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Alt. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Alt 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Alt. 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 44,000 military records available for the last name Alt. For the veterans among your Alt ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Alt lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Alt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Alt in 1948 was 31, and 77 in 2004.

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