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Albany Name Meaning

Scottish and English: from the title of the Dukes of Albany (House of Stuart), hence a name borne by their retainers. It is an infrequent surname in England and Scotland. The city of Albany, NY (formerly the Dutch settlement of Beverwijck or Fort Orange) was named for James Stuart, Duke of York and Albany; he was the brother of King Charles II and later king in his own right as James II. In 1664 he financed a fleet to take over the Dutch colony of New Netherland (now New York state). The American family name was apparently adopted at this period. The word Albany is from Latin Albania, Gaelic Albainn, genitive of Alba ‘Scotland’. It is the same word as English Albion, an old name for the whole of Britain.

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

Similar surnames: Alban, Albano, Allan, Alan, Albin, Allman, Almasy, Alba, Alsbury

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Albany Family Origin

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Albany Family Occupations

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In 1880, Laborer, Farmer and Works In Cotton Mill were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Albany. The most common Albany occupation in the USA was Laborer. 21% of Albany's were Laborers. A less common occupation for the Albany family was City Park Guard.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Works In Cotton Mill

  • City Park Guard


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Albany Life Expectancy

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Between 1943 and 2004, Albany life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Albany in 1943 was 52, and 66 in 2004.

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