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Roughton Name Meaning

English: habitational name most often from Roughton (Lincolnshire) but perhaps sometimes also from Roughton (Norfolk) both named with Old English rūh ‘rough’ or Old Norse rúgr ‘rye’ + Old English tūn ‘farmstead estate’. Rowton Farm in Skirlaugh (East Yorkshire) is a possible source in northeastern England but no early evidence for a surname derived from it has been found. Compare Rowton .

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


Similar surnames: Boughton, Houghton, Oughton, Broughton, Doughton, Troughton, Haughton

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Where is the Roughton family from?

You can see how Roughton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Roughton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Roughton families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 5 Roughton families living in North Carolina. This was about 42% of all the recorded Roughton's in USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Roughton families in 1840.
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What did your Roughton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Roughton. 22% of Roughton men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Roughton women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Roughton were Farming and Stenographer. .

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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
    22%
  • Farmer
    22%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Farming
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
    16%
  • Teacher
    13%
  • Secretary
    13%
  • Stenographer
    13%
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Roughton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Roughton census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Roughton. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Roughton. For the veterans among your Roughton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Roughton lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Roughton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Roughton in 1951 was 44, and 69 in 2004.

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