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Heighton Family History

Heighton Name Meaning

English (Midlands): apparently a habitational name from South Heighton in East Sussex, named from Old English heah ‘high’ + tun ‘farmstead’, ‘settlement’. However, the high concentration of the modern name in the Midland region suggests that in many cases it is likely to be a variant of Hayton, specifically from the places so named in Nottinghamshire and East Yorkshire.

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


Similar surnames: Deighton, Leighton, Houghton, Haughton, Brighton, Oughton, Henton

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Where is the Heighton family from?

You can see how Heighton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Heighton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Heighton families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 93 Heighton families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 78% of all the recorded Heighton's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Heighton families in 1911.
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What did your Heighton ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Servant were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Heighton. 74% of Heighton 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
    74%
  • Foreman
    14%
  • Labourer
    14%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Servant
    100%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Heighton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Heighton 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 733 immigration records available for the last name Heighton. 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 682 military records available for the last name Heighton. For the veterans among your Heighton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Heighton lifespan?

Between 1964 and 2004, in the United States, Heighton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2003, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Heighton in 1964 was 79, and 67 in 2004.

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