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Drayton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the very numerous places in England named Drayton, from Old English dræg ‘drag’, ‘portage’, ‘slipway’, or ‘sledge’ (a place where boats were dragged across land or where loads had to be dragged uphill or on sledges across wet ground, from dragan ‘to draw or drag’) + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

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

Similar surnames: Brayton, Clayton, Grafton, Dalton, Bratton, Gratton, Layton, Payton

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Where is the Drayton family from?

You can see how Drayton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Drayton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Drayton families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 24 Drayton families living in Ontario. This was about 39% of all the recorded Drayton's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Drayton families in 1911.
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What did your Drayton ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Drayton. 54% of Drayton men worked as a 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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Farmers Son
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Drayton. 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 Cards

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Drayton. For the veterans among your Drayton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Drayton lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Drayton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Drayton in 1943 was 44, and 71 in 2004.

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