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Dalton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places, for example in Cumbria, County Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland, and Yorkshire, named Dalton, from Old English dæl ‘valley’ (see Dale) + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. English and Irish (of Norman origin): habitational name for someone from Autun (d’Autun) in Seine-et-Loire, France. The place name derives from the Latin form Augustodunum, a compound of the imperial name Augustus + the Gaulish element dun ‘hill’, ‘fort’.

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


Similar surnames: Halton, Alton, Talton, Calton, Hilton, Salton, Elton, Payton, Danton

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Where is the Dalton family from?

You can see how Dalton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dalton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dalton families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 39 Dalton families living in Virginia. This was about 13% of all the recorded Dalton's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Dalton families in 1840.
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What did your Dalton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dalton. 16% of Dalton men worked as a Laborer and 6% of Dalton women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dalton 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

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Stenographer
    5%
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Passenger Lists

There are 43,000 immigration records available for the last name Dalton. 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 58,000 military records available for the last name Dalton. For the veterans among your Dalton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dalton lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Dalton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Dalton in 1940 was 67, and 75 in 2004.

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