Elston Family History

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Elston Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places so named. One in Lancashire is named from the Old English female personal name Æ{dh}elsige (composed of the elements a{dh}el ‘noble’ + sige ‘victory’) + Old English tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’; one in Nottinghamshire originally had as its first element the genitive case of the Old Norse byname Eilífr meaning ‘everlasting’; one in Wiltshire was so named from Elias Giffard, holder of the manor in the 12th century.

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

Similar surnames: Easton, Elton, Elson, Alston, Gelston, Colston, Rolston, Ruston

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Elston Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Elston name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Elston Family Origin

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Elston Family Occupations

What did your Elston ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Elston occupation in Canada was Student. 25% of Elston's were Students. Student, Farmer and Painter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Elston. A less common occupation for the Elston family was Son.

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  • Student

  • Farmer

  • Painter

  • Son


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Elston Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 55,000 census records available for the last name Elston. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Elston 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Elston. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Elston. For the veterans among your Elston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Elston Life Expectancy

What is the average Elston lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Elston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Elston in 1945 was 29, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Elston ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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