Eaton Family History

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Eaton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the numerous places so named from Old English ea ‘river’ or eg ‘island’, ‘low-lying land’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

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

Similar surnames: Easton, Seaton, Heaton, Ecton, Exton, Yeaton, Elton, Caton, Leaton

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Eaton Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Eaton name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Eaton. 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


  • Sweden


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Eaton Family Origin

Where is the Eaton family from?

Eaton Family Occupations

What did your Eaton ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Eaton. A less common occupation for the Eaton family was Carpenter. The most common Eaton occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Eaton's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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

Eaton Historical Records

What Eaton family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 427,000 census records available for the last name Eaton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Eaton 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 36,000 immigration records available for the last name Eaton. 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 69,000 military records available for the last name Eaton. For the veterans among your Eaton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Eaton Life Expectancy

What is the average Eaton lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Eaton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Eaton in 1940 was 33, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Eaton

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Eaton 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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