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Shotton Family History

Shotton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Shotton in Easington Shotton in Sedgefield Shotton in Staindrop (all Durham) Shotton in Stannington (Northumberland) or Shotton near Mindrum (Northumberland) and also from Shotton in Hadnall (Shropshire). The Durham and Northumberland placenames probably derive from Old English scēot ‘steep slope’ + tūn ‘farmstead estate’ with the exception of Shotton near Mindrum (Northumberland) which is named with Old English Scot ‘Scot’ (genitive plural Scotta) as the initial element. While it is possible that Old English Scot lies behind the other Durham and Northumberland placenames scēot is considered to be more likely based on local topography. The Shropshire placename probably also derives from Old English scēot + tūn.

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


Similar surnames: Scotton, Holton, Whitton, Horton, Hatton, Shott, Hopton, Shenton

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Where is the Shotton family from?

You can see how Shotton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shotton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Shotton families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1880 there were 3 Shotton families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 75% of all the recorded Shotton's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Shotton families in 1880.
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What did your Shotton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Shotton. 44% of Shotton men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Shotton women worked as a Seamstress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shotton were Machinist and Waitress. .

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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
    44%
  • Miner
    19%
  • Mechanic
    13%
  • Machinist
    13%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Seamstress
    50%
  • Waitress
    50%
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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Shotton lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Shotton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1996, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Shotton in 1962 was 78, and 88 in 2004.

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