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Upton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the many places in England called Upton most of which are named with Old English upp ‘upper’ + tūn ‘farmstead estate’ though some have different origins such as one in Essex originally named with the phrase upp in tūne ‘up in the settlement’ i.e. the higher part of the settlement and Upton Lovell (Wiltshire) which derives from the Old English personal name Ubba + Old English tūn. This name was brought to Ireland (Antrim) in 1598 by Henry Upton from Upton in Devon.

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

Similar surnames: Upson, Lupton, Elton, Alton, Hunton, Dunton, Buxton, Caton, Lutton

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Where is the Upton family from?

You can see how Upton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Upton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Upton families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 848 Upton families living in London. This was about 13% of all the recorded Upton's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Upton families in 1891.
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What did your Upton 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 Upton. 8% of Upton men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Upton women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Upton were Bricklayer and Unpaid Domestic. .

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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
  • Gardener
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Unpaid Domestic
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Upton. 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 24,000 military records available for the last name Upton. For the veterans among your Upton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Upton lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Upton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Upton in 1942 was 25, and 71 in 2004.

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