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Forton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the places in Hampshire Lancashire Shropshire and Staffordshire named Forton from Old English ford ‘ford’ + tūn ‘settlement enclosure’. English and Scottish: variant of Fortune . French: from a pet form of the personal name Fort 2 or a diminutive of the nickname Fort 1 ‘strong brave’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Morton, Horton, Norton, Gorton, Worton, Orton, Lorton, Dorton, Foston

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Where is the Forton family from?

You can see how Forton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Forton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Forton families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1911 there were 276 Forton families living in Quebec. This was about 77% of all the recorded Forton's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Forton families in 1911.
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What did your Forton ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Cultivateur and Cultivateur were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Forton. 37% of Forton men worked as a Cultivateur and 50% of Forton women worked as a Cultivateur. Some less common occupations for Americans named Forton were Fils Cultivateur and Commis. .

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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

  • Cultivateur
  • Journalier
  • Farmer
  • Fils Cultivateur

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Cultivateur
  • Fils Cultivateur
  • Commis
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Forton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Forton census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 687 immigration records available for the last name Forton. 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 842 military records available for the last name Forton. For the veterans among your Forton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Forton lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Forton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1981, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Forton in 1963 was 73, and 80 in 2004.

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