Heaton Family History

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Heaton Name Meaning

English (northern): habitational name from any of the numerous places so called, for example in Lancashire, Northumberland, and West Yorkshire, from Old English heah ‘high’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. This surname was taken to Ireland in the mid 17th century, and within Ireland is now mainly found in Ulster.

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

Similar surnames: Seaton, Henton, Eaton, Wheaton, Yeaton, Denton, Leaton, Fenton

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Heaton Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Heaton name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Heaton. 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


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Heaton Family Origin

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Heaton Family Occupations

What did your Heaton ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Heaton family was Cotton Weaver. Coal Miner, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Heaton. The most common Heaton occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 8% of Heaton's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Cotton Weaver


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

Heaton Historical Records

What Heaton family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 181,000 census records available for the last name Heaton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Heaton 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 Heaton. 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 20,000 military records available for the last name Heaton. For the veterans among your Heaton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Heaton Life Expectancy

What is the average Heaton lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Heaton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Heaton in 1940 was 62, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Heaton 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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