Gorton Family History

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Gorton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Lancashire, so named from Old English gor ‘dirt’, ‘mud’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

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

Similar surnames: Horton, Forton, Norton, Orton, Lorton, Dorton, Morton, Worton, Garton

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Gorton Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gorton name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Gorton. 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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Gorton Family Origin

Where is the Gorton family from?

Gorton Family Occupations

What did your Gorton ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Coal Miner, Labourer and Cotton Weaver were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gorton. A less common occupation for the Gorton family was Cotton Spinner. The most common Gorton occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 4% of Gorton's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Cotton Weaver

  • Cotton Spinner


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

Gorton Historical Records

What Gorton family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 60,000 census records available for the last name Gorton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gorton 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Gorton. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Gorton. For the veterans among your Gorton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gorton Life Expectancy

What is the average Gorton lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Gorton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Gorton in 1951 was 54, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gorton

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gorton 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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