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Carton Name Meaning

French (northern) and Walloon; Flemish and Dutch (of French origin): occupational name for a carter derived from a Picard form of Old French charreton ‘carter’ hence a variant of French Charton . French: from Old French carton a measure of cereals; hence a metonymic occupational name for a grain merchant. Spanish (Cartón): perhaps a nickname from cartón ‘cardboard’ of uncertain motivation. Irish (Wexford Derry Dublin): shortened form of McCartan . English: habitational name from Corton in Suffolk (early recorded as Karetun denoting ‘Kari's village or estate’) but the earliest examples of the surname appear in Lincolnshire. A family from Corton could have migrated to Holbeach (Lincolnshire) by the 13th century retaining the former pronunciation of the placename. Alternatively Carton could have named a lost place in Lincolnshire or else it was an alternative name for Careby (Lincolnshire) north of Stamford but there is no record of this. It is not certain that this surname has survived to the present time.

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

Similar surnames: Caron, Cardon, Charton, Carbon, Carten, Cartin, Caton, Carlton

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You can see how Carton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Carton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Carton families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 127 Carton families living in Lancashire. This was about 22% of all the recorded Carton's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Carton families in 1891.
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What did your Carton 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 Carton. 43% of Carton men worked as a General Labourer and 74% of Carton women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Carton were Colliery Dataller Below Grocer and Waitress. .

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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
  • Coal Miner
  • Colliery Dataller Below Grocer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Housewife Unpaid
  • Waitress
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What is the average Carton lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Carton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Carton in 1959 was 55, and 78 in 2004.

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