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Alton Surname Meaning

English:: habitational name from any of the many places called Alton in Derbyshire Dorset Hampshire Leicestershire Staffordshire Wiltshire Worcestershire and elsewhere. The origin of the placename is various: Alton in Derbyshire and Alton Grange in Leicestershire probably have as their first element Old English (e)ald ‘old’. Those in Hampshire Dorset and Wiltshire are at the sources of rivers and are named in Old English as ‘settlement (tūn) at the river source (ǣwiell)’. Others derive from various Old English personal names; for example the one in Staffordshire is formed with an unattested personal name Ælfa and one in Worcestershire Eanulfintun in 1023 is ‘settlement associated with (-ing) Ēanwulf’. The surname may also be from Auton Stile in Durham Saint Oswalds (Durham) which is recorded as Altone c. 1200. variant of Olton . Compare Allton .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Elton, Alston, Aston, Talton, Dalton, Aiton, Halton, Calton, Walton

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Where is the Alton family from?

You can see how Alton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Alton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Alton families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 220 Alton families living in Derbyshire. This was about 22% of all the recorded Alton's in United Kingdom. Derbyshire had the highest population of Alton families in 1891.
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What did your Alton ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Alton. 15% of Alton men worked as a General Labourer and 74% of Alton women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Alton were Builders Labourer and Housewife. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Cotton Weaver
  • Builders Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Housewife
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There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Alton. For the veterans among your Alton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Alton lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Alton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Alton in 1956 was 51, and 75 in 2004.

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