Forton Family History

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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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Forton Family Origin

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Forton Family Occupations

What did your Forton ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Farm Laborer and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Forton. The most common Forton occupation in the USA was Farmer. 48% of Forton's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Forton family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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

Forton Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Forton Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Forton

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Forton 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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