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Payton Surname Meaning

English (mainly West Midlands): habitational name from Peyton in Ramsholt (Suffolk) derived from the Old English personal name Pǣga + Old English tūn ‘farmstead estate’. Irish (mainly County Donegal): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Peatáin ‘descendant of Peatán’ a pet form of the personal name Pádraig (see Patrick ). Outside County Donegal the name is apparently mainly of English origin (see 1 above).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Cayton, Parton, Layton, Paxton, Gayton, Panton, Dalton, Hayton, Paton

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Where is the Payton family from?

You can see how Payton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Payton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Payton families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 77 Payton families living in Ontario. This was about 65% of all the recorded Payton's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Payton families in 1911.
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What did your Payton ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Payton. 58% of Payton men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Payton women 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
    58%
  • Labourer
    15%
  • Machinist
    10%
  • Income
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    100%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Payton. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Payton. For the veterans among your Payton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Payton lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Payton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Payton in 1942 was 50, and 69 in 2004.

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