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Kilton Family History

Kilton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place called Kilton in Skelton (North Yorkshire) Somerset or Worksop (Nottinghamshire). The Yorkshire placename may derive from Old English cild ‘child’ + tūn ‘farmstead estate’ with change from initial Ch- to K- due to Scandinavian influence. The Somerset place takes its name from Kilve (a nearby place in Somerset probably named with Old English cylfe ‘hill eminence’ genitive cylfan) + Old English tūn ‘farmstead estate’. The origin of the Nottinghamshire placename is uncertain. This surname is rare in Britain.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Wilton, Hilton, Bilton, Milton, Kirton, Kinton, Tilton, Winton

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Where is the Kilton family from?

You can see how Kilton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kilton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kilton families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 13 Kilton families living in Massachusetts. This was about 50% of all the recorded Kilton's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Kilton families in 1840.
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What did your Kilton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kilton. 21% of Kilton men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Kilton women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kilton were Truck Driver and New Worker. .

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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
    21%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    15%
  • Truck Driver
    9%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    34%
  • Housework
    17%
  • Stenographer
    17%
  • New Worker
    17%
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Passenger Lists

There are 383 immigration records available for the last name Kilton. 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 403 military records available for the last name Kilton. For the veterans among your Kilton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kilton lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Kilton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Kilton in 1959 was 57, and 78 in 2004.

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