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Orton Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from any of various places called Orton. All those in England share a second element from Old English tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’, but the first element in each case is more difficult to determine. Examples in Cambridgeshire and Warwickshire are on the banks of rivers, so that there it is probably Old English ofer ‘riverbank’; in other cases it is impossible to decide between ofer ‘ridge’ and ufera ‘upper’. Orton in Cumbria is probably formed with the Old Norse byname Orri ‘black-cock’ (the male black grouse). Orton near Fochabers, Scotland, is of uncertain etymology.

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


Similar surnames: Worton, Horton, Norton, Lorton, Colton, Morton, Elton, Gorton, Forton

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Orton Family Origin

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Orton Family Occupations

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In 1921, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Orton. 57% of Orton men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Orton women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Orton were Blacksmith and Servant

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    57%
  • Labourer
    11%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Blacksmith
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housewife
    34%
  • Teacher
    34%
  • Servant
    34%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Orton Life Expectancy

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Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Orton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Orton in 1949 was 43, and 76 in 2004.

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