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Layton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places so called, for example in Lancashire (near Blackpool) and in North Yorkshire. The former was named in Old English as ‘settlement by the watercourse’, from Old English lad ‘watercourse’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’; the latter as ‘leek enclosure’ or ‘herb garden’, from leac ‘leek’ + tun. Compare Leighton.

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


Similar surnames: Cayton, Laxton, Hayton, Clayton, Lawton, Payton, Gayton, Marton

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Where is the Layton family from?

You can see how Layton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Layton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Layton families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 58 Layton families living in New Jersey. This was about 17% of all the recorded Layton's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Layton families in 1840.
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What did your Layton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Layton. 17% of Layton men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Layton women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Layton were Truck Driver and Waitress.

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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

  • Farmer
    17%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Waitress
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Layton. 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 24,000 military records available for the last name Layton. For the veterans among your Layton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Layton lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Layton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Layton in 1943 was 30, and 72 in 2004.

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