Colton Family History

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Colton Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from any of various places called Colton in England, perhaps also Colton House in Scotland. Examples in Norfolk, Staffordshire, and North Yorkshire are from the Old English personal name Cola (or the cognate Old Norse Koli; see Cole 2) + Old English tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. The place so named in Somerset has as its first element the Old English personal name Cula (of uncertain origin). The one in Cumbria has a river name apparently derived from a Celtic word meaning ‘hazel’.

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

Similar surnames: Holton, Colston, Tolton, Elton, Bolton, Calton, Coulton, Chilton

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Colton Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Colton name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • European Jewish


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


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Colton Family Origin

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Colton Family Occupations

What did your Colton ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Colton occupation in the UK was Labourer. 6% of Colton's were Labourers. Labourer, Coal Miner and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Colton. A less common occupation for the Colton family was Farmer.

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  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer


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

Colton Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 71,000 census records available for the last name Colton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Colton 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Colton. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Colton. For the veterans among your Colton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Colton Life Expectancy

What is the average Colton lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Colton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Colton in 1942 was 31, and 70 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Colton 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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