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Orton Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from any of various places called Orton. All those in England share a second element from Old English tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’, but the first element in each case is more difficult to determine. Examples in Cambridgeshire and Warwickshire are on the banks of rivers, so that there it is probably Old English ofer ‘riverbank’; in other cases it is impossible to decide between ofer ‘ridge’ and ufera ‘upper’. Orton in Cumbria is probably formed with the Old Norse byname Orri ‘black-cock’ (the male black grouse). Orton near Fochabers, Scotland, is of uncertain etymology.

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

Similar surnames: Worton, Horton, Norton, Lorton, Colton, Morton, Elton, Gorton, Forton

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Orton Ethnicity Estimate

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


  • Sweden


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Orton Family Origin

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Orton Family Occupations

What did your Orton ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Orton. The most common Orton occupation in the USA was Farmer. 45% of Orton's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Orton family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


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Orton Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Orton. For the veterans among your Orton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Orton Life Expectancy

What is the average Orton lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Orton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Orton in 1949 was 43, and 76 in 2004.

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