Alton Family History

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Alton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the many places called Alton, in Derbyshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, and elsewhere. The origin is various: Alton in Derbyshire and Alton Grange in Leicestershire probably have as their first element Old English (e)ald ‘old’. Those in Hampshire, Dorset, and Wiltshire are at the sources of rivers, and are named in Old English as ‘settlement (tun) at the source (?wiell)’. Others derive from various Old English personal names; for example, the one in Staffordshire is formed with an unattested personal name, Ælfa, and one in Worcestershire, Eanulfintun in 1023, is ‘settlement associated with (-ing) Eanwulf’.

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

Similar surnames: Elton, Alston, Aston, Talton, Dalton, Aiton, Halton, Calton, Walton

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Alton Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Alton. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • France


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Alton Family Origin

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Alton Family Occupations

What did your Alton ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Alton occupation in Canada was Farmer. 56% of Alton's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Alton family was Carpenter. Farmer, Going To School and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Alton.

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  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • School

  • Carpenter


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Alton Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 57,000 census records available for the last name Alton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Alton 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Alton. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Alton. For the veterans among your Alton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Alton Life Expectancy

What is the average Alton lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Alton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Alton in 1956 was 51, and 75 in 2004.

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