Knighton Family History

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Knighton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the numerous places named with Old English cnihta, genitive plural of cniht ‘servant’, ‘retainer’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

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

Similar surnames: Knightly, Deighton, Leighton, Brighton, Heighton, Boughton, Kirton

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Knighton Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Knighton name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Germanic Europe


  • Benin/Togo


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Knighton Family Origin

Where is the Knighton family from?

Knighton Family Occupations

What did your Knighton ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Coal Miner, Agricultural Labourer and Grocer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Knighton. A less common occupation for the Knighton family was Annuitant. The most common Knighton occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 15% of Knighton's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Grocer

  • Annuitant


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

Knighton Historical Records

What Knighton family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 32,000 census records available for the last name Knighton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Knighton 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Knighton. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Knighton. For the veterans among your Knighton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Knighton Life Expectancy

What is the average Knighton lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Knighton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Knighton in 1947 was 29, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Knighton

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Knighton 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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