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Saxton Family History

Saxton Name Meaning

habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire, possibly also one in Cambridgeshire, both so named from Old English Seaxe ‘Saxons’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. variant of Sexton 1.

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


Similar surnames: Laxton, Paxton, Salton, Maxton, Harton, Haxton, Dalton, Axton, Auton

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Where is the Saxton family from?

You can see how Saxton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Saxton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Saxton families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 80 Saxton families living in New York. This was about 33% of all the recorded Saxton's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Saxton families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Saxton surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Saxton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Saxton. 19% of Saxton men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Saxton women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Saxton were Truck Driver 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

  • Farmer
    19%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Census Records

There are 87,000 census records available for the last name Saxton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Saxton 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Saxton. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Saxton. For the veterans among your Saxton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Saxton lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Saxton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Saxton in 1944 was 25, and 72 in 2004.

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