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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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Where is the Payton family from?

You can see how Payton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Payton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Payton families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 23 Payton families living in Indiana. This was about 23% of all the recorded Payton's in the USA. Indiana had the highest population of Payton families in 1840.
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What did your Payton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Payton. 25% of Payton men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Payton women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Payton were Farm Laborer and Housewife.

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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

  • Laborer
    25%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • Truck Driver
    5%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Cook
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
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Passenger Lists

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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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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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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