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Athens Name Meaning

Americanized form of Greek patronymics derived from the personal name Athanasios meaning ‘immortal’ (see Athanas ). Compare Athans . Americanized form of Greek Atheneos ‘Athenian’ or Athenakis a habitational name for someone from the city of Athens. These were also used as nicknames for people who had spent time in Athens and liked to show off their worldliness.

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


Similar surnames: Athans, Athan, Anthes, Athas, Athanas, Achen, Theys, Gathers, Levens

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Where is the Athens family from?

You can see how Athens families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Athens family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Athens families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 4 Athens families living in British Columbia. This was about 50% of all the recorded Athens's in Canada. British Columbia and 1 other province had the highest population of Athens families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Athens surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Athens ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Proprietor and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Athens. 17% of Athens men worked as a Proprietor and 15% of Athens women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Athens were Farmer and Waitress. .

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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

  • Proprietor
    17%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Cook
    10%
  • Farmer
    9%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    15%
  • Teacher
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Waitress
    12%
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What Athens family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Athens. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Athens 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 Athens. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Athens. For the veterans among your Athens ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Athens lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Athens life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1967, and highest in 1977. The average life expectancy for Athens in 1953 was 57, and 52 in 2004.

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