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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 1921, Journalier and Engineer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Albany. 20% of Albany men worked as a Journalier and 25% of Albany women worked as an Engineer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Albany were Banker and Washwoman

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Journalier
  • Trapper
  • Labourer
  • Banker

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Engineer
  • Housewife
  • Nurse
  • Washwoman

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Albany Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Albany. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Albany 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Albany. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Albany. For the veterans among your Albany ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Albany Life Expectancy

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Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, 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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