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Elson Surname Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the places called Elson in Hampshire or Shropshire. The former is from the Old English personal name Æthelswīth (composed of the elements æthel ‘noble’ + swīth ‘strong’) + Old English tūn ‘enclosure settlement’; the latter from the Old English personal name Elli (see Ellington ) + Old English tūn ‘settlement’ or dūn ‘hill’. English: possibly an altered form of Elston . Jewish (Ashkenazic): patronymic from the Yiddish male personal name Elye from Hebrew Eliyahu ‘Elijah’ (see Elias ).

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

Similar surnames: Elton, Elston, Eldon, Melson, Belson, Kelson, Elsen, Yelton, Nelson

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Where is the Elson family from?

You can see how Elson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Elson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Elson families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 163 Elson families living in Ontario. This was about 55% of all the recorded Elson's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Elson families in 1911.
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What did your Elson ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Elson. 46% of Elson men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Elson women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Elson were Laborer and Income. .

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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
  • Carpenter
  • Labourer
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • School Teacher
  • Income
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Passenger Lists

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There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Elson. For the veterans among your Elson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Elson lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Elson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Elson in 1947 was 46, and 76 in 2004.

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