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Horton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places so called. The majority, with examples in at least fourteen counties, are named from Old English horh ‘mud’, ‘slime’ or horn ‘dirt’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. One in southern Gloucestershire, however, is named from Old English heorot ‘hart’ + dun ‘hill’.

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


Similar surnames: Harton, Holton, Orton, Lorton, Worton, Gorton, Hopton, Norton, Morton

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Where is the Horton family from?

You can see how Horton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Horton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Horton families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 621 Horton families living in Ontario. This was about 53% of all the recorded Horton's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Horton families in 1911.
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What did your Horton ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Horton. 27% of Horton men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Horton women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Horton were Carpenter and Nurse.

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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
    27%
  • Labourer
    10%
  • Laborer
    8%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
    17%
  • Student
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Nurse
    8%
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Census Records

There are 526,000 census records available for the last name Horton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Horton 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 34,000 immigration records available for the last name Horton. 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 87,000 military records available for the last name Horton. For the veterans among your Horton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Horton lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Horton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Horton in 1940 was 39, and 74 in 2004.

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