Denton Family History

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Denton Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from any of the numerous places so called. The vast majority, including those in Cambridgeshire, Cumbria, Dumfries, County Durham, Kent, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northumberland, Oxfordshire, Sussex, and West Yorkshire, are named from Old English denu ‘valley’ (see Dean 1) + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. An isolated example in Northamptonshire appears in Domesday Book as Dodintone ‘settlement associated with Dodda’.

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

Similar surnames: Fenton, Dunton, Henton, Benton, Kenton, Lenton, Dalton, Renton

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Denton Family Origin

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Denton Family Occupations

What did your Denton ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Grocer


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

Denton Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 239,000 census records available for the last name Denton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Denton 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 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Denton. 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 Denton. For the veterans among your Denton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Denton Life Expectancy

What is the average Denton lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Denton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Denton in 1944 was 44, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Denton 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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