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Colton Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire): habitational name from any of various places called Colton in England. Examples in Norfolk Staffordshire and North Yorkshire are from the Old English personal name Cola (or the cognate Old Norse Koli; see Cole ) + Old English tūn ‘enclosure settlement’. The place so named in Somerset has as its first element the Old English personal name Cūla (of uncertain origin). The one in Cumbria has a river name apparently derived from a Celtic word meaning ‘hazel’. This English name is also common in Ireland; it was the name of a bishop of Derry in 1397. There seems also to have been confusion with Culliton . Scottish and Irish (Monaghan): shortened and altered form of Gaelic Mac Haldan ‘son of Haldan’ see Haldane .

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

Similar surnames: Holton, Colston, Tolton, Elton, Bolton, Calton, Coulton, Chilton

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Where is the Colton family from?

You can see how Colton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Colton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Colton families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 44 Colton families living in Massachusetts. This was about 22% of all the recorded Colton's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Colton families in 1840.
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What did your Colton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Colton. 15% of Colton men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Colton women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Colton were Carpenter and Clerk. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
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What is the average Colton lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Colton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Colton in 1942 was 31, and 70 in 2004.

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