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Alton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the many places called Alton, in Derbyshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, and elsewhere. The origin is various: Alton in Derbyshire and Alton Grange in Leicestershire probably have as their first element Old English (e)ald ‘old’. Those in Hampshire, Dorset, and Wiltshire are at the sources of rivers, and are named in Old English as ‘settlement (tun) at the source (?wiell)’. Others derive from various Old English personal names; for example, the one in Staffordshire is formed with an unattested personal name, Ælfa, and one in Worcestershire, Eanulfintun in 1023, is ‘settlement associated with (-ing) Eanwulf’.

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


Similar surnames: Elton, Alston, Aston, Talton, Dalton, Aiton, Halton, Calton, Walton

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Where is the Alton family from?

You can see how Alton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Alton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Alton families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 12 Alton families living in New York. This was about 29% of all the recorded Alton's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Alton families in 1840.
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What did your Alton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Alton. 18% of Alton men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Alton women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Alton were Truck Driver 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
    18%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Truck Driver
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Waitress
    8%
  • Housework
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Alton. 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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There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Alton. For the veterans among your Alton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Alton lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Alton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Alton in 1956 was 51, and 75 in 2004.

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