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Lawton Name Meaning

habitational name, common in Lancashire and Yorkshire, from Buglawton or Church Lawton in Cheshire, or Lawton in Herefordshire, named in Old English as ‘settlement on or near a hill’, or ‘settlement by a burial mound’, from hlaw ‘hill’, ‘burial mound’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. variant spelling of Laughton.

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

Similar surnames: Layton, Laxton, Dalton, Auton, Luton, Marton, Saxton, Litton, Liston

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Where is the Lawton family from?

You can see how Lawton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lawton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lawton families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 129 Lawton families living in Ontario. This was about 44% of all the recorded Lawton's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Lawton families in 1911.
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What did your Lawton ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Lawton. 36% of Lawton men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Lawton women worked as a Farmer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lawton were Machinist and Saleswoman.

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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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Housekeeper
  • Student
  • Saleswoman
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Census Records

There are 180,000 census records available for the last name Lawton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lawton 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 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Lawton. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Lawton. For the veterans among your Lawton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lawton lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Lawton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Lawton in 1944 was 33, and 75 in 2004.

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