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Alvin Family History

Alvin Surname Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Alvin or Alfwin from Old English Ælfwine ‘elf friend’. Compare Alwin and Elvin . Swedish: ornamental name from alv ‘elf’ + the adjectival suffix -in a derivative of Latin -in(i)us ‘relating to’.

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


Similar surnames: Alwin, Albin, Savin, Galvin, Atkin, Allin, Allan, Lein, Levin, Alban

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Where is the Alvin family from?

You can see how Alvin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Alvin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Alvin families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 24 Alvin families living in Quebec. This was about 42% of all the recorded Alvin's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Alvin families in 1911.
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What did your Alvin ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Domestic were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Alvin. 29% of Alvin men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Alvin women worked as a Domestic. .

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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
    29%
  • Cultivateur
    29%
  • Fils Cultivateur
    15%
  • Menuisier
    15%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Domestic
    100%
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Alvin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Alvin 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Alvin. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Alvin. For the veterans among your Alvin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Alvin lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Alvin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Alvin in 1950 was 60, and 87 in 2004.

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