Layton Family History

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Layton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places so called, for example in Lancashire (near Blackpool) and in North Yorkshire. The former was named in Old English as ‘settlement by the watercourse’, from Old English lad ‘watercourse’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’; the latter as ‘leek enclosure’ or ‘herb garden’, from leac ‘leek’ + tun. Compare Leighton.

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

Similar surnames: Cayton, Laxton, Hayton, Clayton, Lawton, Payton, Gayton, Marton

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Layton Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Layton name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Layton. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Layton Family Origin

Where is the Layton family from?

Layton Family Occupations

What did your Layton ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Merchant and Seaman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Layton. A less common occupation for the Layton family was At School. The most common Layton occupation in Canada was Farmer. 26% of Layton's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Merchant

  • Seaman

  • At School


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Layton Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 135,000 census records available for the last name Layton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Layton census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Layton. 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 Card

There are 24,000 military records available for the last name Layton. For the veterans among your Layton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Layton Life Expectancy

What is the average Layton lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Layton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Layton in 1943 was 30, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Layton ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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