Clinton Family History

14-Day Free Trial


Clinton Name Meaning

Irish: reduced form of McClinton. English: habitational name, either from Glympton in Oxfordshire, named as ‘settlement (Old English tun) on the Glym river’, a Celtic river name meaning ‘bright stream’, or from Glinton in Cambridgeshire, recorded in 1060 as Clinton (named with an unrecorded Old English element akin to Middle Low German glinde ‘enclosure’, ‘fence’ + Old English tun).

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

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

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.


Clinton Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Clinton name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Clinton. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

Explore the full experience here
  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


Your own DNA-based ethnicity estimate will differ from what you see here. To get your personalized ethnicity estimate, order an AncestryDNA® kit.order an AncestryDNA® kit.

Order a DNA Kit Today

Clinton Family Origin

Where is the Clinton family from?

Clinton Family Occupations

What did your Clinton ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Clinton occupation in the USA was Farmer. 27% of Clinton's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Clinton. A less common occupation for the Clinton family was Farm Laborer.

View Census data for Clinton | Data not to scale

  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Clinton ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Clinton Historical Records

What Clinton family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 125,000 census records available for the last name Clinton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Clinton census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1940's US census records for Clinton

Passenger List

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Clinton. 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.

View all Clinton immigration records

Draft Card

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.

View all Clinton military records

You've only scratched the surface of Clinton family history.

Clinton Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Clinton

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Clinton ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

Famous Clinton Family Ancestors

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in your family tree

Famous ancestors img
Look up another name