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Ellen Family History

Ellen Name Meaning

English: from the usual medieval vernacular form of the female personal name Helen (Greek Helene). This was the name of the mother of Constantine the Great, a devout Christian who was credited with finding the True Cross. It was a popular name in Britain, due to the legend (which has no historical basis) that she was born in Britain. English: variant of Hillian. Dutch: from a short form of any of several Germanic personal names beginning with the element Ellen-, as, for example, Ellenborg.

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


Similar surnames: Elsen, Allen, Hillen, Hellen, Eller, Ellena, Elbe, Elton, Sellen

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Where is the Ellen family from?

You can see how Ellen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ellen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ellen families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 7 Ellen families living in North Carolina. This was about 39% of all the recorded Ellen's in USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Ellen families in 1840.
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What did your Ellen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ellen. 18% of Ellen men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Ellen women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ellen were Clerk and Stenographer. .

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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
    18%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    12%
  • Maid
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Stenographer
    8%
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Census Records

There are 57,000 census records available for the last name Ellen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ellen 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Ellen. 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 Ellen. For the veterans among your Ellen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ellen lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Ellen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Ellen in 1963 was 72, and 90 in 2004.

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