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Brayton Name Meaning

English (Cumberland): habitational name from any of the places in Cumberland and North Yorkshire named Brayton from Old Norse breithr ‘broad’ or the Old Norse personal name Breithi + Old English tūn ‘farmstead’.

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

Similar surnames: Branton, Braxton, Bratton, Drayton, Cayton, Brenton, Baston, Brinton

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Where is the Brayton family from?

You can see how Brayton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Brayton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Brayton families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 58 Brayton families living in New York. This was about 41% of all the recorded Brayton's in USA. New York had the highest population of Brayton families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Brayton surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Brayton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Brayton. 17% of Brayton men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Brayton women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Brayton 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Brayton. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Brayton. For the veterans among your Brayton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Brayton lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Brayton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Brayton in 1944 was 32, and 77 in 2004.

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