Elson Family History

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Elson Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places in Hampshire and Shropshire named Elson. The former is named from the Old English personal name Æ{dh}elswi{dh} (composed of the elements æ{dh}el ‘noble’ + swi{dh} ‘strong’) + Old English tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’; the latter from the genitive case of the Old English personal name Elli (see Ellington) + Old English tun ‘settlement’ or dun ‘hill’. English: variant spelling of Ellson. Jewish (Ashkenazic): patronymic from the Yiddish male personal name Elye, from Hebrew Eliyahu ‘Elijah’ (see Elias).

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

Similar surnames: Elton, Elston, Eldon, Melson, Belson, Kelson, Elsen, Yelton, Nelson

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Elson Family Origin

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Elson Family Occupations

What did your Elson ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Elson family was Farm Labourer. The most common Elson occupation in the UK was Labourer. 6% of Elson's were Labourers. Labourer, Agricultural Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Elson.

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  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Farm Labourer


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Elson Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 61,000 census records available for the last name Elson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Elson 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Elson. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Elson. For the veterans among your Elson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Elson Life Expectancy

What is the average Elson lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Elson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Elson in 1947 was 46, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Elson 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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