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Compton Family History

Compton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of numerous places throughout England (but especially in the southwest) named Compton from Old English cumb ‘short straight valley’ + tūn ‘enclosure settlement’.

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


Similar surnames: Campton, Hopton, Colton, Hampton, Rampton, Crumpton, Coulton, Kimpton

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Where is the Compton family from?

You can see how Compton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Compton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Compton families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 83 Compton families living in New Jersey. This was about 17% of all the recorded Compton's in USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Compton families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Compton surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Compton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Compton. 19% of Compton men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Compton women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Compton were Truck Driver and Maid. .

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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
    19%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Maid
    5%
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Census Records

There are 198,000 census records available for the last name Compton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Compton 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Compton. 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 46,000 military records available for the last name Compton. For the veterans among your Compton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Compton lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Compton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Compton in 1943 was 44, and 73 in 2004.

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