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Linton Name Meaning

Scottish, northern Irish, and English: habitational name from any of the numerous places so called, found in the Scottish Borders and in various parts of England. The second element is in all cases Old English tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. In the case of Linton in Northumberland the first element is a British river name, Lyne (related to Welsh lliant ‘stream’), while Linton in Kent is ‘estate associated with a man called Lill or Lilla’. The other places of this name normally have as their first element Old English lind ‘lime tree’ or lin ‘flax’, but occasionally perhaps hlynn ‘torrent’ or hlinc ‘hillside’. (On the basis of geographical situation the meaning ‘torrent’ would be appropriate to Linton near Skipton in West Yorkshire).

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


Similar surnames: Winton, Clinton, Hinton, Litton, Liston, Sinton, Lindon, Lifton

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Where is the Linton family from?

You can see how Linton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Linton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Linton families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 42 Linton families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 24% of all the recorded Linton's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Linton families in 1840.
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What did your Linton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Linton. 18% of Linton men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Linton women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Linton were Truck Driver and Secretary.

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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
    18%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Secretary
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Linton. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Linton. For the veterans among your Linton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Linton lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Linton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Linton in 1944 was 37, and 77 in 2004.

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