Carlton Family History

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Carlton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Carleton or Carlton, from Old Norse karl ‘common man’, ‘peasant’ + Old English tun ‘settlement’ (compare Charlton 1). Places spelled Carl(e)ton (as opposed to Charlton) are in areas of Scandinavian settlement, mostly in northern England. Irish: Americanized and altered form of Carlin 1.

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

Similar surnames: Charlton, Tarlton, Calton, Catton, Chilton, Caton, Alton, Marton

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Carlton Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Carlton name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Carlton. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Carlton Family Origin

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Carlton Family Occupations

What did your Carlton ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Carlton. The most common Carlton occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Carlton's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Carlton family was Carpenter.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Carlton ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Carlton Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 140,000 census records available for the last name Carlton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Carlton census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Carlton. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 32,000 military records available for the last name Carlton. For the veterans among your Carlton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Carlton Life Expectancy

What is the average Carlton lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Carlton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Carlton in 1943 was 54, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Carlton

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Carlton ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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