Orton Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from any of various places called Orton. All those in England share a second element from Old English tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’, but the first element in each case is more difficult to determine. Examples in Cambridgeshire and Warwickshire are on the banks of rivers, so that there it is probably Old English ofer ‘riverbank’; in other cases it is impossible to decide between ofer ‘ridge’ and ufera ‘upper’. Orton in Cumbria is probably formed with the Old Norse byname Orri ‘black-cock’ (the male black grouse). Orton near Fochabers, Scotland, is of uncertain etymology.

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


Similar surnames: Worton, Horton, Norton, Lorton, Colton, Morton, Elton, Gorton, Forton

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Orton Family Origin

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Orton Family Occupations

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    3%
  • Coal Miner

    3%
  • Farmer

    3%
  • Carpenter

    2%

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

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Between 1949 and 2004, Orton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Orton in 1949 was 43, and 76 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Orton

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