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Gorton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Lancashire, so named from Old English gor ‘dirt’, ‘mud’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

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


Similar surnames: Horton, Forton, Norton, Orton, Lorton, Dorton, Morton, Worton, Garton

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Where is the Gorton family from?

You can see how Gorton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gorton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gorton families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 35 Gorton families living in Ontario. This was about 36% of all the recorded Gorton's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Gorton families in 1911.
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What did your Gorton ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Gorton. 77% of Gorton 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
    77%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Cultivateur
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    100%
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Census Records

There are 60,000 census records available for the last name Gorton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gorton 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Gorton. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Gorton. For the veterans among your Gorton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gorton lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Gorton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Gorton in 1951 was 54, and 78 in 2004.

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