Payton Family History

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Payton Name Meaning

English (mainly West Midlands): habitational name from Peyton in Sussex, named the Old English personal name P?ga + Old English tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’, or from some other place similarly named. Peyton in Essex has probably not contributed; it has a quite different early etymology, and even in the 16th century it was still Pakenho or Patenhall. Irish (mainly County Donegal): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Peatáin ‘descendant of Peatán’, a pet form of the personal name Pádraig (see Patrick). Outside County Donegal, the name is apparently mainly of English origin (see 1).

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

Similar surnames: Cayton, Parton, Layton, Paxton, Gayton, Panton, Dalton, Hayton, Paton

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Payton Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Payton name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Payton Family Origin

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Payton Family Occupations

What did your Payton ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Payton occupation in the USA was Farmer. 42% of Payton's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Payton family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Payton.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Payton Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 83,000 census records available for the last name Payton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Payton 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Payton. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Payton. For the veterans among your Payton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Payton Life Expectancy

What is the average Payton lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Payton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Payton in 1942 was 50, and 69 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Payton 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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