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Allison Name Meaning

English and Scottish: patronymic from the Middle English female personal name Alice Alis (see Allis ) + -son meaning ‘Alice's son’. English and Scottish: from the Middle English female personal name Alison a common pet form of Alice Alis. See Allis and compare Ellison . Scottish: in some cases a late variant of Allanson (see also Allinson ). Scottish: variant of Callison a shortened form of McAlison a Gaelic patronymic based on the personal name Alison (see 2 above).

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

Similar surnames: Callison, Allinson, Allis, Alliston, Addison, Alexson, Ellison

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Where is the Allison family from?

You can see how Allison families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Allison family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Allison families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,754 Allison families living in Yorkshire. This was about 27% of all the recorded Allison's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Allison families in 1891.
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What did your Allison ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Allison. 8% of Allison men worked as a General Labourer and 70% of Allison women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Allison were Bricklayer and Private Means. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Farm Labourer
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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There are 65,000 military records available for the last name Allison. For the veterans among your Allison ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Allison lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Allison life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Allison in 1940 was 45, and 74 in 2004.

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