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Clifton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of numerous places named Clifton, from Old English clif ‘slope’ (see Cliff) + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

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


Similar surnames: Clinton, Lifton, Litton, Clayton, Lefton, Linton, Crofton, Liston

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Where is the Clifton family from?

You can see how Clifton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Clifton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Clifton families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 27 Clifton families living in Ohio. This was about 10% of all the recorded Clifton's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Clifton families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Clifton surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Clifton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Clifton. 20% of Clifton men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Clifton women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Clifton 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

  • Farmer
    20%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

There are 205,000 census records available for the last name Clifton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Clifton 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 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Clifton. 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 Clifton. For the veterans among your Clifton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Clifton lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Clifton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Clifton in 1941 was 39, and 72 in 2004.

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