Clayton Family History

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Clayton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the numerous places, in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Staffordshire, and elsewhere, named Clayton, from Old English cl?g ‘clay’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

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

Similar surnames: Layton, Cayton, Claxton, Claydon, Clanton, Calton, Claytor, Caton

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Clayton Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Clayton name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Clayton. 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


  • Benin/Togo


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Clayton Family Origin

Where is the Clayton family from?

Clayton Family Occupations

What did your Clayton ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Laborer and Servant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Clayton. A less common occupation for the Clayton family was Butcher. The most common Clayton occupation in Canada was Farmer. 27% of Clayton's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Servant

  • Butcher


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

Clayton Historical Records

What Clayton family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 567,000 census records available for the last name Clayton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Clayton 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 48,000 immigration records available for the last name Clayton. 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 69,000 military records available for the last name Clayton. For the veterans among your Clayton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Clayton Life Expectancy

What is the average Clayton lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Clayton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Clayton in 1940 was 29, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Clayton

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Clayton 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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