Alger Family History

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Alger Name Meaning

English: from one or more Middle English personal names variously written Alger, Algar, Alcher, Aucher, etc. These represent a falling together of at least three different Continental Germanic and Old English names: Adalgar ‘noble spear’ (Old English Æ{dh}elgar), Albgar ‘elf spear’ (Old English Ælfgar), and Aldgar ‘old spear’ (Old English (E)aldgar). The Continental Germanic forms were brought to England from France by the Normans. Compare the French cognate Auger. In Norfolk and northern England, the source is probably the Old Norse name Álfgeirr ‘elf spear’. The modern English surname is found mainly in East Anglia. German: from a reduced form of the Germanic personal name Adalgar (see 1 above).

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

Similar surnames: Alder, Algeo, Ager, Alber, Auger, Alter, Almer, Roger, Anger, Alley

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Alger Family Origin

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Alger Family Occupations

What did your Alger ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, School and Bar Tender were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Alger. The most common Alger occupation in Canada was Farmer. 47% of Alger's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Alger family was Clerk.

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  • Farmer

  • School

  • Bar Tender

  • Clerk


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

Alger Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 48,000 census records available for the last name Alger. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Alger 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Alger. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Alger. For the veterans among your Alger ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Alger Life Expectancy

What is the average Alger lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Alger life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Alger in 1943 was 35, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Alger 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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