Shelton Family History

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Shelton Name Meaning

English (mainly Nottinghamshire): habitational name from any of various places, for example in Nottinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Shropshire, and Staffordshire, which are named from Old English scylf ‘shelf’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

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


Similar surnames: Sheldon, Helton, Shenton, Chilton, Seaton, Shipton, Halton, Hulton

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Shelton Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Shelton name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    56%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    18%

  • Germanic Europe

    6%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    4%

  • Benin/Togo

    3%

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Shelton Family Origin

Where is the Shelton family from?

Shelton Family Occupations

What did your Shelton ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Shelton family was Keeping House. The most common Shelton occupation in the USA was Farmer. 49% of Shelton's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shelton.

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  • Farmer

    49%
  • Laborer

    8%
  • Farming

    6%
  • Keeping House

    5%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Shelton ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Shelton Historical Records

What Shelton family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 329,000 census records available for the last name Shelton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shelton 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Shelton. 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 70,000 military records available for the last name Shelton. For the veterans among your Shelton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shelton Life Expectancy

What is the average Shelton lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Shelton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Shelton in 1941 was 28, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shelton

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shelton 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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