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Clinton Name Meaning

Irish (Louth Westmeath) and Scottish: shortened form of McClinton . English: habitational name either from Glympton in Oxfordshire named as ‘settlement (Old English tūn) on the Glym river’ a Celtic river name meaning ‘bright stream’ or from Glinton in Northamptonshire early recorded as Clinton (named with an unrecorded Old English element akin to Middle Low German glinde ‘enclosure fence’ + Old English tūn). The surname was taken to Ireland in or before the 16th century.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Linton, Clifton, Winton, Hinton, Litton, Pointon, Brinton, Chilton

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Where is the Clinton family from?

You can see how Clinton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Clinton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Clinton families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 48 Clinton families living in New York. This was about 24% of all the recorded Clinton's in USA. New York had the highest population of Clinton families in 1840.
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What did your Clinton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Clinton. 20% of Clinton men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Clinton women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Clinton were Clerk 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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
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There are 30,000 military records available for the last name Clinton. For the veterans among your Clinton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Clinton lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Clinton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Clinton in 1941 was 36, and 72 in 2004.

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