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Town Surname Meaning

English (Yorkshire and Kent): topographic name from Middle English toun(e) t(h)one tun(e) ‘town village settlement’ (Old English tūn) often in the senses ‘primary settlement within an area’ ‘manor estate’ and ‘hamlet farm’ for someone who lived in such a place.

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


Similar surnames: Toon, Down, Towns, Bown, Tow, Towe, Dowe, Townes, Tomb, Corn

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Where is the Town family from?

You can see how Town families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Town family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Town families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 61 Town families living in Ontario. This was about 37% of all the recorded Town's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Town families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Town surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Town ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Town. 57% of Town men worked as a Farmer and 67% of Town women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Town were Laborer and Teacher. .

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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
    57%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Labourer
    10%
  • Laborer
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
    67%
  • Teacher
    34%
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What Town family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 81,000 census records available for the last name Town. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Town 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Town. 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 30,000 military records available for the last name Town. For the veterans among your Town ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Town lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Town life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Town in 1951 was 67, and 80 in 2004.

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