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Wilton Surname Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places so named including Wilton (Wiltshire North Yorkshire) Wilton in Haile (Cumberland) and Wilton in Bridstow (Herefordshire). The North Yorkshire placename derives from Old English wilde ‘wild uncultivated’ + tūn ‘farmstead estate’. The Wiltshire placename may derive from Old English wull ‘wool’ + tūn. The Cumberland and Herefordshire placenames derive from Old English wilig ‘willow’ + tūn.

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

Similar surnames: Winton, Hilton, Milton, Bilton, Welton, Kilton, Chilton, Walton

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Where is the Wilton family from?

You can see how Wilton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wilton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wilton families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 301 Wilton families living in Ontario. This was about 49% of all the recorded Wilton's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Wilton families in 1911.
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What did your Wilton ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Wilton. 39% of Wilton men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Wilton women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wilton were Carpenter and Clerk. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Income
  • Servant
  • Clerk
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Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Wilton. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Wilton. For the veterans among your Wilton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wilton lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Wilton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Wilton in 1950 was 45, and 79 in 2004.

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