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Eaton Surname Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Eaton or Eton such as Eaton Socon (Bedfordshire) Eaton (Cheshire) or Eton (Buckinghamshire) named from either Old English ēa ‘river’ or ēg ‘island low-lying land’ + tūn ‘enclosure settlement’.

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

Similar surnames: Easton, Seaton, Heaton, Ecton, Exton, Yeaton, Elton, Caton, Leaton

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Where is the Eaton family from?

You can see how Eaton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Eaton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Eaton families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 263 Eaton families living in New York. This was about 16% of all the recorded Eaton's in USA. New York had the highest population of Eaton families in 1840.
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What did your Eaton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Eaton. 15% of Eaton men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Eaton women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Eaton were Truck Driver and Clerk. .

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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 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 36,000 immigration records available for the last name Eaton. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 69,000 military records available for the last name Eaton. For the veterans among your Eaton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Eaton lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Eaton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Eaton in 1940 was 33, and 75 in 2004.

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