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Alden Name Meaning

English: from a Middle English personal name. This is either Aldwin Aldin (representing Old English Ealdwine with loss of -w-) or Middle English Alwin with an intrusive -d- (see Alwin ) or Aldan a variant of the Anglo-Scandinavian personal name Healfdene (see Haldane ). Norwegian: habitational name from a farmstead in western Norway so named because of its situation below a high mountain Alden from an unattested word ‘high standing out’.

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

Similar surnames: Olden, Alder, Elden, Walden, Olsen, Allen, Arden, Almen, Aden, Lien

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Where is the Alden family from?

You can see how Alden families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Alden family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Alden families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 20 Alden families living in Ontario. This was about 35% of all the recorded Alden's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Alden families in 1911.
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What did your Alden ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Alden. 58% of Alden men worked as a Farmer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Carpenter
  • Labourer
  • Manufacturer
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There are 68,000 census records available for the last name Alden. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Alden census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Alden. 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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There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Alden. For the veterans among your Alden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Alden lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Alden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Alden in 1944 was 51, and 75 in 2004.

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