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Alten Surname Meaning

German: habitational name from Ahlten near Hanover. Dutch (Van Alten): habitational name from Aalten a town in the province of Gelderland. Dutch: patronymic from the personal name Alte possibly a shortened form of Allert .

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

Similar surnames: Alton, Alter, Altes, Dalton, Achen, Bolten, Althen, Alden, Auten

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Where is the Alten family from?

You can see how Alten families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Alten family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Alten families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 16 Alten families living in New Brunswick. This was about 48% of all the recorded Alten's in Canada. New Brunswick had the highest population of Alten families in 1911.
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What did your Alten ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Alten. 24% of Alten men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Alten women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Alten were Proprietor and Housekeeper. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Laundress
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Alten. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Alten 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 892 immigration records available for the last name Alten. 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 26,000 military records available for the last name Alten. For the veterans among your Alten ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Alten lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Alten life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Alten in 1957 was 50, and 87 in 2004.

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