Ellison Family History

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Ellison Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Ellis.

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

Similar surnames: Allison, Elliston, Elison, Jellison, Ellickson, Kellison, Elkin

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Ellison Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ellison name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ellison. 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


  • Norway


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Ellison Family Origin

Where is the Ellison family from?

Ellison Family Occupations

What did your Ellison ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Coal Miner, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ellison. A less common occupation for the Ellison family was Agricultural Labourer. The most common Ellison occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 5% of Ellison's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer


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

Ellison Historical Records

What Ellison family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 255,000 census records available for the last name Ellison. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ellison 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 23,000 immigration records available for the last name Ellison. 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 38,000 military records available for the last name Ellison. For the veterans among your Ellison ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ellison Life Expectancy

What is the average Ellison lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Ellison life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Ellison in 1941 was 33, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ellison

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ellison 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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