Walston Family History

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Walston Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Walsden, a place in West Yorkshire, which is probably named with an unattested Old English personal name, Walsa, + denu ‘valley’.

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

Similar surnames: Alston, Whiston, Walton, Dalton, Caston, Swanston, Watton, Gelston

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Walston Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Walston name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Walston Family Origin

Where is the Walston family from?

Walston Family Occupations

What did your Walston ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Walston occupation in the USA was Farmer. 56% of Walston's were Farmers. Farmer, Farming and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Walston. A less common occupation for the Walston family was Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Farm Laborer

  • Laborer


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

Walston Historical Records

What Walston family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Walston. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Walston 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Walston. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Walston. For the veterans among your Walston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Walston Life Expectancy

What is the average Walston lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Walston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Walston in 1943 was 36, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Walston 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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