Broughton Family History

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Broughton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the many places in all parts of England called Broughton. The first element is variously Old English broc ‘brook’, burh ‘fortress’, or beorg ‘hill’, ‘mound’; the second is in all cases Old English tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

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

Similar surnames: Boughton, Roughton, Troughton, Houghton, Haughton, Stoughton, Oughton

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Broughton Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Broughton name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Broughton Family Origin

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Broughton Family Occupations

What did your Broughton ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, F and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Broughton. The most common Broughton occupation in Canada was Farmer. 40% of Broughton's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Broughton family was Machinist.

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  • Farmer

  • F

  • Laborer

  • Machinist


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

Broughton Historical Records

What Broughton family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 149,000 census records available for the last name Broughton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Broughtoncensus 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Broughton. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Broughton. For the veterans among your Broughton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Broughton Life Expectancy

What is the average Broughton lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Broughton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Broughton in 1940 was 31, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Broughton 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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