Dayton Family History

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Dayton Name Meaning

English: probably a variant spelling of Deighton.

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

Similar surnames: Deyton, Kayton, Deaton, Gayton, Payton, Daymon, Mayton, Auton, Dolton

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Dayton Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dayton name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Dayton Family Origin

Where is the Dayton family from?

Dayton Family Occupations

What did your Dayton ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Dayton occupation in the USA was Farmer. 30% of Dayton's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dayton. A less common occupation for the Dayton family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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

Dayton Historical Records

What Dayton family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 62,000 census records available for the last name Dayton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dayton census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Dayton. 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 Card

There are 17,000 military records available for the last name Dayton. For the veterans among your Dayton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dayton Life Expectancy

What is the average Dayton lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Dayton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Dayton in 1942 was 39, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dayton 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.

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