Allison Family History

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Allison Name Meaning

English and Scottish: patronymic from a Middle English male personal name: in most cases probably Allen, but other possibilities include a variant of Ellis or a short form of Alexander. In some instances, it may be from a female personal name, Alise or Alice (see Allis).

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

Similar surnames: Callison, Allinson, Allis, Alliston, Addison, Alexson, Ellison

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Allison Family Origin

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Allison Family Occupations

What did your Allison ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, School and Student were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Allison. The most common Allison occupation in Canada was Farmer. 32% of Allison's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Allison family was Going To School.

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  • Farmer

  • School

  • Student

  • Going To School


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Allison Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 379,000 census records available for the last name Allison. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Allison 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 34,000 immigration records available for the last name Allison. 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 65,000 military records available for the last name Allison. For the veterans among your Allison ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Allison Life Expectancy

What is the average Allison lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Allison life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Allison in 1940 was 45, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Allison 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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