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Denton Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from any of the numerous places so called. The vast majority, including those in Cambridgeshire, Cumbria, Dumfries, County Durham, Kent, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northumberland, Oxfordshire, Sussex, and West Yorkshire, are named from Old English denu ‘valley’ (see Dean 1) + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. An isolated example in Northamptonshire appears in Domesday Book as Dodintone ‘settlement associated with Dodda’.

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


Similar surnames: Fenton, Dunton, Henton, Benton, Kenton, Lenton, Dalton, Renton

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Where is the Denton family from?

You can see how Denton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Denton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Denton families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 106 Denton families living in Ontario. This was about 39% of all the recorded Denton's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Denton families in 1911.
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What did your Denton ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Denton. 46% of Denton men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Denton women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Denton were Salesman and Farmer.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    46%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Fisher
    8%
  • Salesman
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Operator
    20%
  • Clerk
    20%
  • Stenographer
    20%
  • Farmer
    20%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Denton. 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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There are 32,000 military records available for the last name Denton. For the veterans among your Denton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Denton lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Denton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Denton in 1944 was 44, and 72 in 2004.

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