Drayton Family History

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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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Drayton Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Drayton name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Benin/Togo


  • Mali


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Drayton Family Origin

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Drayton Family Occupations

What did your Drayton ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, teamster, ... Doctor and Actor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Drayton. The most common Drayton occupation in Canada was Teamster. 25% of Drayton's were Teamsters. A less common occupation for the Drayton family was Barrister.

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  • Teamster

  • ... Doctor

  • Actor

  • Barrister


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

Drayton Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 46,000 census records available for the last name Drayton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Drayton 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 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 Card

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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Drayton Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Drayton

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Drayton 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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