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Atherton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place near Manchester named Atherton, from the Old English personal name Æ{dh}elhere + Old English tun ‘settlement’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Alderton, Anderton, Catterton, Netherton, Allerton, Turton

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Where is the Atherton family from?

You can see how Atherton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Atherton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Atherton families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 39 Atherton families living in Massachusetts. This was about 16% of all the recorded Atherton's in the USA. Massachusetts and 1 other state had the highest population of Atherton families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Atherton surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Atherton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Atherton. 16% of Atherton men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Atherton women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Atherton were Truck Driver and 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 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Atherton. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Atherton. For the veterans among your Atherton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Atherton lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Atherton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Atherton in 1944 was 44, and 75 in 2004.

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