Norton Family History

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Norton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the many places so called, from Old English norð ‘north’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. In some cases, it is a variant of Norrington. Irish: altered form of Naughton, assimilated to the English name. Jewish (American): adoption of the English name in place of some like-sounding Ashkenazic name.

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

Similar surnames: Morton, Orton, Worton, Horton, Lorton, Forton, Gorton, Dorton, Holton

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Norton Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Norton name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Norton. 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


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Norton Family Origin

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Norton Family Occupations

What did your Norton ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Norton. A less common occupation for the Norton family was Farm Laborer. The most common Norton occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Norton's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Norton Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 577,000 census records available for the last name Norton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Norton 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 51,000 immigration records available for the last name Norton. 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 93,000 military records available for the last name Norton. For the veterans among your Norton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Norton Life Expectancy

What is the average Norton lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Norton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Norton in 1941 was 39, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Norton 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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