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Yelton Name Meaning

Scottish and English: variant spelling of Yeltoun, a surname of uncertain origin recorded in Lanarkshire. Black speculates that it may be a habitational name from Youlton in North Yorkshire, which is named from the Old Scandinavian personal name Jóli + Old English tun ‘farmstead’, ‘settlement’.

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


Similar surnames: Felton, Helton, Pelton, Belton, Melton, Elton, Yeaton, Welton, Hilton

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Where is the Yelton family from?

You can see how Yelton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Yelton family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Yelton families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 42 Yelton families living in London. This was about 62% of all the recorded Yelton's in the UK. London had the highest population of Yelton families in 1891.
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What did your Yelton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Yelton. 24% of Yelton men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Yelton women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Yelton were Farming and Housewife.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    24%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Farming
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    18%
  • Clerk
    12%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Housewife
    9%
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Passenger Lists

There are 277 immigration records available for the last name Yelton. 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 Yelton. For the veterans among your Yelton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Yelton lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Yelton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Yelton in 1943 was 47, and 71 in 2004.

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