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Kenton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places so named for example in Devon Greater London (formerly Middlesex) Northumberland and Suffolk. All have as the second element Old English tūn ‘farmstead settlement’. The first element of the place in Devon is a pre-English river name; the place in London is named with the Old English personal name Cēna; the place in Northumberland derives from Old English cyne ‘kingly royal’ or cyng ‘king’ + tūn; and the place in Suffolk is named either with Cēna or more probably with Old English cyne- ‘royal’.

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


Similar surnames: Keeton, Henton, Fenton, Kinton, Benton, Seaton, Denton, Renton

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Where is the Kenton family from?

You can see how Kenton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kenton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kenton families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 81 Kenton families living in London. This was about 25% of all the recorded Kenton's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Kenton families in 1891.
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What did your Kenton 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 Kenton. 36% of Kenton men worked as a General Labourer and 76% of Kenton women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kenton were Transport Driver and School Teacher. .

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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
    36%
  • Builders Labourer
    22%
  • Actor
    15%
  • Transport Driver
    15%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    76%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    5%
  • Housewife
    4%
  • School Teacher
    3%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Kenton. For the veterans among your Kenton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kenton lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Kenton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Kenton in 1956 was 21, and 72 in 2004.

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