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Ellison Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Ellis (Old Testament Elijah) + -son. In the US this surname (in any of the three possible senses; see also 2 and 3 below) is also established among African Americans. English: from the Middle English Old French female personal name Elissent Elisant ancient Germanic Elisind. Scottish: sometimes a post-medieval variant of Allison which is mainly concentrated in northern England and southwestern Scotland. There is a similar Scottish variation between Alison and Elison as female personal names. Americanized form of some original Jewish (Ashkenazic) surname (most likely based on Yiddish form of the Biblical personal name Elijah).

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

Similar surnames: Allison, Elliston, Elison, Jellison, Ellickson, Kellison, Elkin

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Where is the Ellison family from?

You can see how Ellison families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ellison family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ellison families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 2,611 Ellison families living in Lancashire. This was about 39% of all the recorded Ellison's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Ellison families in 1891.
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What did your Ellison 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 Ellison. 11% of Ellison men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Ellison women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ellison were Cotton Weaver and Cotton Weaver. .

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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
  • Bricklayer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Cotton Weaver

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Housewife
  • Cotton Weaver
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Passenger Lists

There are 23,000 immigration records available for the last name Ellison. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 38,000 military records available for the last name Ellison. For the veterans among your Ellison ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ellison lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Ellison life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Ellison in 1941 was 33, and 72 in 2004.

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