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Knighton Name Meaning

English (East Midlands): habitational name from any of numerous places called with Old English cniht ‘knight young man retainer’ (genitive plural cnihta) + tūn ‘farmstead estate’ such as Knighton (Leicestershire Staffordshire) and Knighton on Teme (Worcestershire).

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

Similar surnames: Knightly, Deighton, Leighton, Brighton, Heighton, Boughton, Kirton

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Where is the Knighton family from?

You can see how Knighton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Knighton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Knighton families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 5 Knighton families living in Louisiana. This was about 18% of all the recorded Knighton's in USA. Louisiana and 1 other state had the highest population of Knighton families in 1840.
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What did your Knighton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Knighton. 26% of Knighton men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Knighton women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Knighton were Carpenter and Housekeeper. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Cook
  • Laborer
  • Housekeeper
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There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Knighton. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Knighton. For the veterans among your Knighton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Knighton lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Knighton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Knighton in 1947 was 29, and 73 in 2004.

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