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Clayton Family History

Clayton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the numerous places, in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Staffordshire, and elsewhere, named Clayton, from Old English cl?g ‘clay’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

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


Similar surnames: Layton, Cayton, Claxton, Claydon, Clanton, Calton, Claytor, Caton

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Where is the Clayton family from?

You can see how Clayton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Clayton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Clayton families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 79 Clayton families living in New Jersey. This was about 12% of all the recorded Clayton's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Clayton families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Clayton surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Clayton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Clayton. 18% of Clayton men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Clayton women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Clayton 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
    18%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 567,000 census records available for the last name Clayton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Clayton 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 48,000 immigration records available for the last name Clayton. 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 69,000 military records available for the last name Clayton. For the veterans among your Clayton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Clayton lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Clayton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Clayton in 1940 was 29, and 73 in 2004.

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