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Alvin Family History

Alvin Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Alvin or Alfwin, Old English Ælfwine ‘elf friend’. Compare Alwin. Swedish: ornamental name from alv ‘elf’ + the common surname suffix -in.

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


Similar surnames: Alwin, Albin, Savin, Galvin, Atkin, Allin, Allan, Lein, Levin, Alban

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Where is the Alvin family from?

You can see how Alvin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Alvin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Alvin families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Alvin family living in Illinois. This was about 25% of all the recorded Alvin's in the USA. Illinois and 3 other states had the highest population of Alvin families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Alvin surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Alvin ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Alvin. 29% of Alvin men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Alvin women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Alvin were Truck Driver and Housework.

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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
    29%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Carpenter
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Saleslady
    15%
  • Housewife
    13%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Housework
    8%
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Alvin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Alvin 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Alvin. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Alvin. For the veterans among your Alvin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Alvin lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Alvin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Alvin in 1950 was 60, and 87 in 2004.

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