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Renton Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from a place in Berwickshire, ‘settlement (Old English tun) associated with Regna’ (a short form of the various compound personal names with the first element regen ‘govern’).

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


Similar surnames: Kenton, Fenton, Denton, Brenton, Benton, Henton, Penton, Lenton

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Where is the Renton family from?

You can see how Renton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Renton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Renton families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Renton families living in New Jersey. This was about 36% of all the recorded Renton's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Renton families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Renton surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Renton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Renton. 19% of Renton men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Renton women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Renton were Farmer and Saleslady.

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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
    19%
  • Salesman
    16%
  • Truck Driver
    10%
  • Farmer
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    11%
  • Housewife
    11%
  • Clerk
    11%
  • Saleslady
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Renton. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Renton. For the veterans among your Renton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Renton lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Renton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Renton in 1955 was 58, and 75 in 2004.

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