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Elbe Family History

Elbe Name Meaning

habitational name from any of various places named Elbe or from the river name. from a short form of a Germanic personal name beginning Alf-, from an element cognate with Middle Low German alf ‘ghost’, Middle High German alp (plural elbe).

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

Similar surnames: Eber, Else, Elbel, Helle, Eiben, Ellen, Klee, Alber, Selbe, Belle

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Where is the Elbe family from?

You can see how Elbe families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Elbe family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Elbe families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 23 Elbe families living in Illinois. This was about 37% of all the recorded Elbe's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Elbe families in 1880.
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What did your Elbe ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Elbe. 31% of Elbe men worked as a Laborer and 60% of Elbe women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Elbe were Truck Driver and Library Assistant.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Clerk
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Library Assistant
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Elbe. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Elbe 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 562 immigration records available for the last name Elbe. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Elbe. For the veterans among your Elbe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Elbe lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Elbe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Elbe in 1957 was 48, and 64 in 2004.

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