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Alston Name Meaning

from the Middle English personal name Alstan, which is a coalescence of several different Old English personal names: Æ{dh}elstan ‘noble stone’, Ælfstan ‘elf stone’, Ealdstan ‘old stone’, or Ealhstan ‘altar stone’. habitational name from any of various places called Alston (in Cumbria, Lancashire, Devon, and Somerset) or Alstone (in Gloucestershire and Staffordshire). With the exception of Alston in Cumbria, which is formed with the Old Scandinavian personal name Halfdan, these place names all consist of an Old English personal name + Old English tun ‘settlement’, for example Ælfsige in the case of Alstone in Gloucestershire.

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

Similar surnames: Alton, Aston, Elston, Elton, Abston, Elson, Dalton, Luton, Walston

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Alston Family Origin

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Alston Family Occupations

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In 1881, the most common Alston occupation in Canada was Clerk. 35% of Alston's were Clerks. Clerk, Farmer and Dry Goods C. were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Alston. A less common occupation for the Alston family was Butcher.

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  • Clerk

  • Farmer

  • Dry Goods C.

  • Butcher


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Alston Historical Records

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Alston Life Expectancy

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Between 1943 and 2004, Alston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Alston in 1943 was 29, and 71 in 2004.

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