Alston Family History

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Alston Name Meaning

from the Middle English personal name Alstan, which is a coalescence of several different Old English personal names: Æ{dh}elstan ‘noble stone’, Ælfstan ‘elf stone’, Ealdstan ‘old stone’, or Ealhstan ‘altar stone’. habitational name from any of various places called Alston (in Cumbria, Lancashire, Devon, and Somerset) or Alstone (in Gloucestershire and Staffordshire). With the exception of Alston in Cumbria, which is formed with the Old Scandinavian personal name Halfdan, these place names all consist of an Old English personal name + Old English tun ‘settlement’, for example Ælfsige in the case of Alstone in Gloucestershire.

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

Similar surnames: Alton, Aston, Elston, Elton, Abston, Elson, Dalton, Luton, Walston

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Alston Family Origin

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Alston Family Occupations

What did your Alston ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Cotton Weaver were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Alston. The most common Alston occupation in the UK was Farmer. 8% of Alston's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Alston family was Annuitant.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Cotton Weaver

  • Annuitant


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

Alston Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 103,000 census records available for the last name Alston. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Alston 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Alston. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 20,000 military records available for the last name Alston. For the veterans among your Alston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Alston Life Expectancy

What is the average Alston lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Alston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Alston in 1943 was 29, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Alston 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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