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Lifton Family History

Lifton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Lifton in Devon, named in Old English as ‘farmstead (Old English tun) on the Lew’, a Celtic river name meaning ‘the bright one’.

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


Similar surnames: Linton, Litton, Lipton, Liston, Clifton, Wilton, Lefton, Aiton, Luton

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Where is the Lifton family from?

You can see how Lifton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lifton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lifton families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Lifton family living in Maryland. This was 100% of all the recorded Lifton's in the USA. Maryland had the highest population of Lifton families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Lifton surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Lifton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Bookeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lifton. 60% of Lifton men worked as a Salesman and 20% of Lifton women worked as a Bookeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lifton were Teacher and Saleslady.

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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

  • Salesman
    60%
  • Manufacturer
    14%
  • Mgr Letter Guard
    14%
  • Teacher
    14%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bookeeper
    20%
  • Teacher
    20%
  • Housewife
    20%
  • Saleslady
    20%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Lifton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lifton census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 500 immigration records available for the last name Lifton. 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 455 military records available for the last name Lifton. For the veterans among your Lifton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lifton lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Lifton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Lifton in 1960 was 54, and 91 in 2004.

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