Elton Family History

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Elton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places so called. For the most part they derive from the Old English personal name Ella or Elli (see Ellington) + Old English tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. One in Berkshire, however, gets its first element from the Old English female personal name Æ{dh}elfl?d (composed of the elements æ{dh}el ‘noble’ + fl?d ‘beauty’). One in Cambridgeshire has its first element from the personal name Æ{dh}elheah (composed of the elements æ{dh}el ‘noble’ + heah ‘high’). The place of this name in County Durham probably gets its first element from Old English ?l ‘eel’.

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

Similar surnames: Elson, Elston, Alton, Felton, Exton, Eldon, Belton, Ecton, Pelton

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Elton Ethnicity Estimate

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Norway


  • Germanic Europe


  • Sweden


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Elton Family Origin

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Elton Family Occupations

What did your Elton ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Elton occupation in Canada was Carpenter. 25% of Elton's were Carpenters. A less common occupation for the Elton family was Watchmaker. Carpenter, Labour and Teacher were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Elton.

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  • Carpenter

  • Labour

  • Teacher

  • Watchmaker


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Elton Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 45,000 census records available for the last name Elton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Elton 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Elton. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Elton. For the veterans among your Elton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Elton Life Expectancy

What is the average Elton lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Elton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1980. The average life expectancy for Elton in 1957 was 64, and 78 in 2004.

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