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Carlton Family History

Carlton Name Meaning

English (northern and eastern England): habitational name from any of various places called Carlton (Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire Durham Lincolnshire Leicestershire Nottinghamshire Northamptonshire Suffolk East Yorkshire Yorkshire and North Yorkshire) or Carleton (Cumberland Lancashire Norfolk Yorkshire). All come from Old Norse karl ‘common man peasant’ + Old English tūn ‘settlement’ (compare Charlton ). Places spelled Carl(e)ton (as opposed to Charlton) are in areas of Scandinavian settlement mostly in northern England. Irish (Antrim): variant of Carleton

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


Similar surnames: Charlton, Tarlton, Calton, Catton, Chilton, Caton, Alton, Marton

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Where is the Carlton family from?

You can see how Carlton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Carlton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Carlton families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 70 Carlton families living in New Hampshire. This was about 15% of all the recorded Carlton's in USA. New Hampshire had the highest population of Carlton families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Carlton surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Carlton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Carlton. 17% of Carlton men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Carlton women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Carlton were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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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
    17%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

There are 140,000 census records available for the last name Carlton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Carlton 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Carlton. 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 32,000 military records available for the last name Carlton. For the veterans among your Carlton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Carlton lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Carlton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Carlton in 1943 was 54, and 74 in 2004.

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