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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Alton Family Origin

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Alton Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    36%
  • Laborer

    7%
  • Carpenter

    5%
  • Keeping House

    5%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Alton family was Keeping House. Farmer, Laborer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Alton. The most common Alton occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Alton's were Farmers.

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Between 1956 and 2004, 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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