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Burton Family History

Burton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place name that is very common in central and northern England. The derivation in most cases is from Old English burh ‘fort’ (see Burke) + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

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


Similar surnames: Turton, Barton, Murton, Buxton, Burston, Bufton, Blurton, Orton

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Where is the Burton family from?

You can see how Burton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Burton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Burton families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 171 Burton families living in New York. This was about 13% of all the recorded Burton's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Burton families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Burton surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Burton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Burton. 18% of Burton men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Burton women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Burton were Truck Driver and Cook.

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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
    18%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Cook
    5%
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Census Records

There are 941,000 census records available for the last name Burton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Burton 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 74,000 immigration records available for the last name Burton. 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 127,000 military records available for the last name Burton. For the veterans among your Burton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Burton lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Burton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Burton in 1940 was 62, and 74 in 2004.

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