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Sutton Family History

Sutton Surname Meaning

English: habitational name from any of numerous places called Sutton named with Old English sūth ‘south southern’ + tūn ‘farmstead estate’. The English surname is also common in Ireland (Wexford Kildare) where it has been established since the 13th century and Gaelicized as de Sutún. Jewish (from the former Ottoman Empire including Syria): unexplained. English: topographic name from Middle English (bi) suthentune ‘(at the place to the) south of the village’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Hutton, Dutton, Lutton, Litton, Catton, Seaton, Murton, Hatton

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Where is the Sutton family from?

You can see how Sutton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sutton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sutton families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 2,832 Sutton families living in Lancashire. This was about 16% of all the recorded Sutton's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Sutton families in 1891.
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What did your Sutton ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Sutton. 7% of Sutton men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Sutton women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sutton were Builders Labourer and Incapacitated. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    7%
  • Bricklayer
    3%
  • Farm Labourer
    3%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    66%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Census Records

There are 723,000 census records available for the last name Sutton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sutton census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 54,000 immigration records available for the last name Sutton. 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 Cards

There are 97,000 military records available for the last name Sutton. For the veterans among your Sutton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sutton lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Sutton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Sutton in 1941 was 48, and 73 in 2004.

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