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Broughton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the many places in all parts of England called Broughton. The first element is variously Old English brōc ‘brook’ burg ‘fortress’ or beorg ‘hill mound’; the second is in all cases Old English tūn ‘enclosure settlement’.

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


Similar surnames: Boughton, Roughton, Troughton, Houghton, Haughton, Stoughton, Oughton

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Where is the Broughton family from?

You can see how Broughton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Broughton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Broughton families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 24 Broughton families living in New York. This was about 21% of all the recorded Broughton's in USA. New York had the highest population of Broughton families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Broughton surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Broughton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Broughton. 21% of Broughton men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Broughton women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Broughton were Truck Driver and Housekeeper. .

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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
    21%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    11%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Cook
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 149,000 census records available for the last name Broughton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Broughton 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Broughton. 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 15,000 military records available for the last name Broughton. For the veterans among your Broughton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Broughton lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Broughton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Broughton in 1940 was 31, and 73 in 2004.

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