Athens Family History

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Athens Name Meaning

Americanized form of Greek Atheneos ‘Athenian’ or Athenakis, habitational name for someone from the city of Athens. These terms were also used as nicknames for people who had spent time in Athens and liked to show off their worldliness. Americanized form of surnamed based on the Greek personal name Athanasios (see Athanas).

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

Similar surnames: Athans, Athan, Anthes, Athas, Athanas, Achen, Theys, Gathers, Levens

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Athens Family Origin

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Athens Family Occupations

What did your Athens ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Proprietor and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Athens. 17% of Athens men worked as a Proprietor and 15% of Athens women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Athens were Farmer and Waitress

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Proprietor
  • Laborer
  • Cook
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Waitress

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Athens Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Athens. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Athens census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Athens. 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 Card

There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Athens. For the veterans among your Athens ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Athens Life Expectancy

What is the average Athens lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Athens life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1967, and highest in 1977. The average life expectancy for Athens in 1953 was 57, and 52 in 2004.

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