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Elman Name Meaning

Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): variant of Hellmann (see Heller), reflecting varieties of Yiddish in which there is no h. German (Elmann): from a short form of the Germanic personal name Adelman, composed of the elements adal ‘noble (family)’ + man ‘man’. English: occupational name for a seller of oil, from Middle English ele ‘oil’ + man ‘man’.

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

Similar surnames: Selman, Elfman, Kelman, Helman, Eyman, Edman, Ulman, Belman, German

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Where is the Elman family from?

You can see how Elman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Elman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Elman families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Elman family living in Tennessee. This was about 50% of all the recorded Elman's in the USA. Tennessee and 1 other state had the highest population of Elman families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Elman surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Elman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Elman. 11% of Elman men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Elman women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Elman were Clerk and Clerk.

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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
  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Saleslady
  • Stenographer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Elman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Elman 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Elman. 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 780 military records available for the last name Elman. For the veterans among your Elman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Elman lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Elman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Elman in 1957 was 29, and 81 in 2004.

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