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Aston Family History

Aston Name Meaning

habitational name from any of several places in England called Aston. Most were named from Old English east ‘east’ + tun ‘settlement’. In a few cases the first element is æsc ‘ash tree’. from a Middle English personal name, Astan(us), which is probably a survival of Old English Æ{dh}elstan or one of the other names mentioned at Alston.

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


Similar surnames: Easton, Alton, Alston, Ashton, Aiton, Abston, Auton, Caston, Baston

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Where is the Aston family from?

You can see how Aston families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Aston family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Aston families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 10 Aston families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 20% of all the recorded Aston's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Aston families in 1840.
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What did your Aston ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Aston. 16% of Aston men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Aston women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Aston were Truck Driver 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

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Bookkeeper
    7%
  • Saleslady
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Aston. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Aston. For the veterans among your Aston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Aston lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Aston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Aston in 1953 was 25, and 74 in 2004.

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