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Forton Family History

Forton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places in Hampshire, Lancashire, Shropshire, and Staffordshire named Forton, from Old English ford ‘ford’ + tun ‘settlement’, ‘enclosure’. French: variant of Fortin.

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

Similar surnames: Morton, Horton, Norton, Gorton, Worton, Orton, Lorton, Dorton, Foston

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Where is the Forton family from?

You can see how Forton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Forton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Forton families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1840 there were 2 Forton families living in Michigan. This was about 25% of all the recorded Forton's in the USA. Michigan and 2 other states had the highest population of Forton families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Forton surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Forton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Forton. 26% of Forton men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Forton women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Forton were Painter 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
  • Farmer
  • Truck Driver
  • Painter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Forton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Forton 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 687 immigration records available for the last name Forton. 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 842 military records available for the last name Forton. For the veterans among your Forton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Forton lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Forton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1981, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Forton in 1963 was 73, and 80 in 2004.

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