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Arlen Name Meaning

Alsatian (Bas-Rhin): probably a derivative of the ancient Germanic personal name Erl ‘free man noble warrior’.

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


Similar surnames: Allen, Arden, Carlin, Kallen, Arey, Achen, Maren, Harben, Alley

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Where is the Arlen family from?

You can see how Arlen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Arlen family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Arlen families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 9 Arlen families living in New Brunswick. This was about 82% of all the recorded Arlen's in Canada. New Brunswick had the highest population of Arlen families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Arlen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Arlen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Arlen. 25% of Arlen men worked as a Laborer and 31% of Arlen women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Arlen were Mechanic and Stenographer. .

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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

  • Laborer
    25%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Mechanic
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    31%
  • Housewife
    24%
  • Secretary
    16%
  • Stenographer
    16%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Arlen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Arlen 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 512 immigration records available for the last name Arlen. 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 279 military records available for the last name Arlen. For the veterans among your Arlen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Arlen lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Arlen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1984, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Arlen in 1962 was 81, and 82 in 2004.

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