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Origins of the Sutton surname

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What does the name Sutton mean?

The origin of the Sutton surname is in England. It is a geographic name that relates to those who came from the 'south town, enclosure or village' and their families. There have been found to be over 60 different locations with this name, giving rise to many independent sources for the creation of the surname.

Alternative variations of the name Sutton

Sutton, Suton, Suttone, Satton, Sotton

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Where do most Suttons live?

In 1921, most Suttons lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Suttons

How common is your surname?

173rd most common surname in the UK

We have 199,000 records for the Sutton surname. The oldest one dates back to 1086.

Who were Suttons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Sutton first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Sutton family members

Common jobs for Suttons

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Suttons in 1921




General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant


House Servant


Common Male occupations for Suttons in 1921
Agricultural Labourer




General Labourer




Farm Labourer


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