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Gayton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of several places in Merseyside, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, and Staffordshire called Gayton, or from Gayton le Marsh or Gayton le Wold in Lincolnshire. The Northamptonshire and Staffordshire place names are from an Old English personal name G?ga + tun ‘farmstead’; the others are from Old Norse geit ‘goat’ + tún ‘farmstead’. French: diminutive of Gayte, a southern variant of guette ‘watch’, and hence an occupational name for a watchman.

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


Similar surnames: Cayton, Payton, Guyton, Layton, Hayton, Gatton, Garton, Auton

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Where is the Gayton family from?

You can see how Gayton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gayton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gayton families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 8 Gayton families living in New York. This was about 57% of all the recorded Gayton's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Gayton families in 1840.
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What did your Gayton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gayton. 27% of Gayton men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Gayton women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gayton were Salesman and Seamstress.

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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
    27%
  • Farmer
    21%
  • Farming
    5%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    12%
  • Saleslady
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Seamstress
    8%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gayton. 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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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Gayton. For the veterans among your Gayton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gayton lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Gayton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Gayton in 1944 was 56, and 78 in 2004.

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