Leighton Family History

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Leighton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places so called. Most, as for example those in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, and Shropshire, are named with Old English leac ‘leek’ + tun ‘settlement’. Compare Layton.

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

Similar surnames: Heighton, Deighton, Laughton, Haughton, Knighton, Houghton, Creighton

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Leighton Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Leighton name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Leighton. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • European Jewish


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Leighton Family Origin

Where is the Leighton family from?

Leighton Family Occupations

What did your Leighton ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Leighton. A less common occupation for the Leighton family was Carpenter. The most common Leighton occupation in the USA was Farmer. 30% of Leighton's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Leighton Historical Records

What Leighton family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 112,000 census records available for the last name Leighton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Leighton 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 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Leighton. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Leighton. For the veterans among your Leighton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Leighton Life Expectancy

What is the average Leighton lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Leighton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Leighton in 1947 was 44, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Leighton 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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