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Norton Family History

Norton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the many places so called from Old English north ‘north’ + tūn ‘enclosure settlement’. In some cases it is a variant of Norrington . Irish: altered form of Naughton assimilated to the English name (see 1 above). Jewish (American): adoption of the English surname (see 1 above) in place of some similar (like-sounding) original Ashkenazic surname.

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

Similar surnames: Morton, Orton, Worton, Horton, Lorton, Forton, Gorton, Dorton, Holton

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Where is the Norton family from?

You can see how Norton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Norton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Norton families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,642 Norton families living in London. This was about 16% of all the recorded Norton's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Norton families in 1891.
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What did your Norton 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 Norton. 8% of Norton men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Norton women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Norton 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
  • Incapacitated
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
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Census Records

There are 577,000 census records available for the last name Norton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Norton census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 51,000 immigration records available for the last name Norton. 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 93,000 military records available for the last name Norton. For the veterans among your Norton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Norton lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Norton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Norton in 1941 was 39, and 75 in 2004.

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