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Allison Family History

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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Where is the Allison family from?

You can see how Allison families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Allison family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Allison families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 627 Allison families living in Ontario. This was about 52% of all the recorded Allison's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Allison families in 1911.
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What did your Allison ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Allison. 41% of Allison men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Allison women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Allison were Farmers Son and Teacher.

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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
    41%
  • Labourer
    12%
  • Laborer
    5%
  • Farmers Son
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    18%
  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Income
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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