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Roughton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places named Roughton or Wroughton. Roughton, Lincolnshire, the most likely source of the surname according to its present-day distribution, and Roughton, Norfolk, are both named from Old English ruh ‘rough’ or Old Norse rugr ‘rye’ + tun ‘farm’, ‘settlement’. Roughton, Shropshire is named with Old English ruh + tun, and Wroughton, Wiltshire (the least likely source of the surname) from Worf, a Celtic river name meaning ‘winding stream’, + Old English tun.

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

Similar surnames: Boughton, Houghton, Oughton, Broughton, Doughton, Troughton, Haughton

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Where is the Roughton family from?

You can see how Roughton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Roughton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Roughton families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 12 Roughton families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Roughton's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Roughton families in 1911.
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What did your Roughton ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Roughton. 50% of Roughton men 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
  • Bookkeeper

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Roughton. 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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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Roughton. For the veterans among your Roughton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Roughton lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Roughton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Roughton in 1951 was 44, and 69 in 2004.

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