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Grafton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the numerous places so named from Old English graf ‘grove’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

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


Similar surnames: Gratton, Crafton, Drayton, Gritton, Crofton, Branton, Bratton, Gatton

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Where is the Grafton family from?

You can see how Grafton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Grafton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Grafton families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 33 Grafton families living in Ontario. This was about 35% of all the recorded Grafton's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Grafton families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Grafton surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Grafton ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Grafton. 34% of Grafton men worked as a Farmer and 60% of Grafton women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Grafton were Helper and Stenographer.

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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
    34%
  • Labourer
    23%
  • Baker
    23%
  • Helper
    23%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    60%
  • Stenographer
    40%
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Census Records

There are 34,000 census records available for the last name Grafton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Grafton 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Grafton. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Grafton. For the veterans among your Grafton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Grafton lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Grafton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Grafton in 1944 was 51, and 79 in 2004.

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