Elias Family History

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Elias Name Meaning

Greek, Spanish (Elías), Catalan, Portuguese, English, Welsh, French (Élias), German, Dutch, Hungarian (Éliás), Czech (Eliáš), and Jewish: from a medieval personal name, the New Testament Greek form of Hebrew Eliyahu ‘Jehovah is God’ (Anglicized as Elijah in the Old Testament of the King James Bible). This name was borne by a Biblical prophet, but its popularity among Christians in the Middle Ages was a result of its adoption by various early saints, including a 7th-century bishop of Syracuse and a 9th-century Spanish martyr.

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

Similar surnames: Elijah, Melis, Lias, Lis, Arias, Elman, Blas, Livas, Elia, Bliss

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Elias Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Elias name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Elias. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Middle East


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Native American—North, Central, South


  • Germanic Europe


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Elias Family Origin

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Elias Family Occupations

What did your Elias ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Elias. A less common occupation for the Elias family was Merchant. The most common Elias occupation in the USA was Farmer. 25% of Elias's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Merchant


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Elias Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 50,000 census records available for the last name Elias. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Elias 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 24,000 immigration records available for the last name Elias. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Elias. For the veterans among your Elias ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Elias Life Expectancy

What is the average Elias lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Elias life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Elias in 1940 was 47, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Elias ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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