Glen Family History

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Glen Name Meaning

Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived in a valley, Gaelic gleann, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, such as Glen near Peebles. English: habitational name from a place in Leicestershire, so named from an Old English word glean ‘glen’, ‘valley’ (from Celtic glinn). Jewish (Ashkenazic): presumably an Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish names.

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


Similar surnames: Osen, Len, Bien, Klee, Galen, Ellen, Galin, Olen, Olden, Glew

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Glen Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Glen name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    46%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    32%

  • Germanic Europe

    4%

  • European Jewish

    3%

  • Eastern Europe & Russia

    3%

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Glen Family Origin

Where is the Glen family from?

Glen Family Occupations

What did your Glen ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Glen. A less common occupation for the Glen family was Keeping House. The most common Glen occupation in the USA was Farmer. 34% of Glen's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    34%
  • Laborer

    12%
  • Farm Laborer

    8%
  • Keeping House

    5%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Glen ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Glen Historical Records

What Glen family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 102,000 census records available for the last name Glen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Glen 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Glen. 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 Glen. For the veterans among your Glen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Glen Life Expectancy

What is the average Glen lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Glen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Glen in 1953 was 29, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Glen

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Glen 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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