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Glen Family History

Glen Name Meaning

Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived in a valley, Gaelic gleann, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, such as Glen near Peebles. English: habitational name from a place in Leicestershire, so named from an Old English word glean ‘glen’, ‘valley’ (from Celtic glinn). Jewish (Ashkenazic): presumably an Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish names.

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

Similar surnames: Osen, Len, Bien, Klee, Galen, Ellen, Galin, Olen, Olden, Glew

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Where is the Glen family from?

You can see how Glen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Glen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Glen families were found in and Scotland in 1841and Scotland in 1851and Scotland in 1861and Scotland in 1871and Scotland in 1881and Scotland in 1891and Scotland in 1901. In 1911 there were 148 Glen families living in Ontario. This was about 60% of all the recorded Glen's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Glen families in 1911.
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What did your Glen ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Nurse were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Glen. 47% of Glen men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Glen women worked as a Nurse. Some less common occupations for Americans named Glen were Carpenter and Housekeeper.

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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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Nurse
  • Clerk
  • Operator
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 102,000 census records available for the last name Glen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Glen 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Glen. 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 Glen. For the veterans among your Glen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Glen lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Glen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Glen in 1953 was 29, and 77 in 2004.

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