Hylton last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Hylton is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Hylton.

Meaning of Hylton

From a place name meaning "hill farm" in Old English, referring to a settlement on or near a hill.

Hylton, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Hylton surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Hylton in America

Hylton is the 4199th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Hylton surname appeared 8,440 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 people would have the surname Hylton.

We can also compare 2010 data for Hylton to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 4199 4226 -0.64%
Count 8,440 7,765 8.33%
Proportion per 100k 2.86 2.88 -0.70%

The history of the last name Hylton

The surname Hylton originated in England during the medieval period. It is believed to be a locational name derived from one of several places in England called Hilton or Hylton. These place names are derived from the Old English words "hyll" meaning hill and "tun" meaning settlement or enclosure.

One of the earliest recorded references to the name Hylton can be found in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it is listed as "Hiltun" in Yorkshire. This suggests that the name was already well-established in England by the late 11th century.

The Hylton family was prominent in the county of Durham, where they held lands and titles for several centuries. Sir William Hylton, who lived during the reign of King Edward III (1312-1377), was a renowned knight and landowner in Durham.

Another notable figure with the surname Hylton was John Hylton, a Carthusian monk who lived in the 15th century. He was the author of several religious works, including a treatise on spiritual contemplation titled "The Ladder of Perfection."

During the Tudor period, there was a Sir Thomas Hylton who served as a member of Parliament for Durham in the mid-16th century. His son, also named Thomas Hylton, was a prominent lawyer and judge during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

In the 17th century, a branch of the Hylton family settled in Virginia, where they established plantations and became influential in colonial society. One of the earliest members of this branch was Reverend Lewis Hylton, who was born in England in 1617 and later emigrated to Virginia.

Other notable individuals with the surname Hylton include Walter Hylton, an English mystic and author who lived in the 14th century, and John Hylton, a prominent English architect who designed several churches and public buildings in the 18th century.

Overall, the surname Hylton has a rich history that can be traced back to medieval England, where it was likely derived from the names of various settlements or localities. Throughout the centuries, the Hylton name has been associated with notable figures in various fields, including religion, law, architecture, and landowners.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Hylton

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Hylton.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Hylton was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 64.61% 5,453
Non-Hispanic Black Only 29.11% 2,457
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.49% 41
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.32% 27
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 2.26% 191
Hispanic Origin 3.21% 271

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Hylton has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 64.61% 70.01% -8.02%
Black 29.11% 24.83% 15.87%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.49% 0.45% 8.51%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.32% 0.35% -8.96%
Two or More Races 2.26% 2.24% 0.89%
Hispanic 3.21% 2.12% 40.90%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Hylton was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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