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Dalton Family History

Dalton Name Meaning

English and Irish: habitational name from any of various places called Dalton in Westmorland Durham Lancashire Northumberland and Yorkshire from Old English dæl ‘valley’ (see Dale ) + tūn ‘enclosure settlement’.

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

Similar surnames: Halton, Alton, Talton, Calton, Hilton, Salton, Elton, Payton, Danton

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Where is the Dalton family from?

You can see how Dalton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dalton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dalton families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,446 Dalton families living in Yorkshire. This was about 20% of all the recorded Dalton's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Dalton families in 1891.
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What did your Dalton 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 Dalton. 10% of Dalton men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Dalton women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dalton were Bricklayer and Housewife. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

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

There are 43,000 immigration records available for the last name Dalton. 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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Draft Cards

There are 58,000 military records available for the last name Dalton. For the veterans among your Dalton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dalton lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Dalton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Dalton in 1940 was 67, and 75 in 2004.

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