Stratton last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Stratton

A locational surname derived from any of the places named Stratton, meaning "settlement on a Roman road."

Stratton, 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 Stratton surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Stratton in America

Stratton is the 1565th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Stratton surname appeared 22,983 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 8 people would have the surname Stratton.

We can also compare 2010 data for Stratton 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 1565 1457 7.15%
Count 22,983 22,498 2.13%
Proportion per 100k 7.79 8.34 -6.82%

The history of the last name Stratton

The surname Stratton has its origins in England, and it is believed to have derived from the Old English words "stræt" meaning "street" and "tun" meaning "enclosure" or "settlement". This suggests that the name may have originally referred to someone who lived near or on a paved street or road.

The earliest recorded instances of the name can be traced back to the 12th century. One of the earliest known references is in the Pipe Rolls of Gloucestershire from 1176, where a person named Robertus de Stratton is mentioned. The name also appears in the Hundred Rolls of Bedfordshire from 1279, where a William de Stratton is recorded.

The name Stratton is closely associated with several place names in England, such as Stratton in Cornwall, Stratton in Dorset, and Stratton St. Margaret in Wiltshire. These place names likely contributed to the widespread use of the surname across various regions.

One notable historical figure bearing the name Stratton was Sir John Stratton (c. 1512-1586), an English Member of Parliament and Lord Mayor of London. He served as the Lord Mayor in 1571 and played a significant role in the city's governance during the Elizabethan era.

Another prominent figure was Thomas Stratton (c. 1519-1594), an English Catholic priest and martyr. He was executed during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I for his religious beliefs and is remembered as one of the Catholic martyrs of England.

In the 17th century, John Stratton (1639-1695) was an English clergyman and academic who served as the Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, from 1681 until his death.

During the 18th century, William Stratton (1691-1753) was a notable English architect who designed several churches and other buildings in London and the surrounding areas.

In the 19th century, Thomas Stratton (1786-1869) was a British naval officer who served in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars and later became an admiral.

These are just a few examples of individuals bearing the surname Stratton who have left their mark on history, spanning various fields such as politics, religion, academia, architecture, and the military.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Stratton

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

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 Stratton was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 90.31% 20,756
Non-Hispanic Black Only 4.65% 1,069
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.60% 138
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.48% 110
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.77% 407
Hispanic Origin 2.19% 503

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 Stratton has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 90.31% 91.85% -1.69%
Black 4.65% 4.33% 7.13%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.60% 0.48% 22.22%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.48% 0.57% -17.14%
Two or More Races 1.77% 1.48% 17.85%
Hispanic 2.19% 1.29% 51.72%

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 Stratton was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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