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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Leighton

"Leighton" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the town by the Meadow". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

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Various place names in England, Old English leac (“leek”) + tun (“settlement”), also in the sense of a herb garden.

  1. A habitational surname​.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.

Notable Persons Named Leighton

She was most prominent from 1999 to present. Leighton was given the name Leighton Marissa Meester on April 9th, 1986 in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.

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Leighton Baines is a soccer player for the Everton F.C., Wigan Athletic F.C., England national under-21 football team, and England national football team. Leighton was born on December 11th, 1984 in Kirkby, England.

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Leighton Rees was a darts player. Leighton was born on January 17th, 1940 in Ynysybwl, Glamorgan, Wales. He breathed his last breath on June 8th, 2003.

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Leighton James is a soccer manager for the Burnley F.C., Derby County F.C., Queens Park Rangers F.C., Swansea City A.F.C., Sunderland A.F.C., Bury F.C., Newport County A.F.C., and Wales national football team. Leighton was born on February 16th, 1953 in Loughor, Wales.

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Pluto Shervington is a reggae singer, musician, engineer, producer, and audio engineer. He has had major accomplishments since 1970. Pluto was given the name Leighton Shervington on August 13th, 1950.

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Leighton was born on June 12th, 1976 in Dublin, Ireland.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Leighton

Laura Leighton is an actress. She was most prominent from 1993 to present. Laura was given the name Laura Miller on July 24th, 1968 in Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.

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Amanda Leighton is an actress. She was most prominent from 2003 to present. Amanda was born on June 7th, 1993 in Fresno, California, U.S.

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She was most prominent from 1938 to 1976. Margaret was born on February 26th, 1922 in Barnt Green, Worcestershire, England, UK. She left this life on January 13th, 1976.

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Jim Leighton is a soccer player for the Dalry Thistle F.C., Aberdeen F.C., Deveronvale F.C., Manchester United F.C., Arsenal F.C., Reading F.C., Dundee F.C., Sheffield United F.C., Hibernian F.C., and Scotland national football team. Jim was born on July 24th, 1958 in Johnstone.

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Tom Leighton is a scientist in the field of applied mathematics.

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Michael Leighton is a hockey player for the Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League. He was most prominent from 2001 to present. Michael was born on May 19th, 1981 in Petrolia, Ontario.

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How popular is the baby name Leighton in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1893 5 0 5
1895 5 0 5
1898 5 0 5
1899 6 0 6
1900 6 0 6
1907 7 0 7
1908 11 0 11
1909 7 0 7
1911 8 0 8
1912 20 0 20
1913 17 0 17
1914 29 0 29
1915 27 0 27
1916 31 0 31
1917 40 0 40
1918 44 0 44
1919 31 0 31
1920 42 0 42
1921 48 0 48
1922 45 0 45
1923 58 0 58
1924 49 0 49
1925 44 0 44
1926 36 0 36
1927 36 0 36
1928 40 0 40
1929 42 0 42
1930 43 0 43
1931 45 0 45
1932 38 0 38
1933 26 0 26
1934 33 0 33
1935 30 0 30
1936 35 0 35
1937 26 0 26
1938 40 0 40
1939 33 0 33
1940 40 0 40
1941 37 0 37
1942 47 0 47
1943 43 0 43
1944 47 0 47
1945 45 0 45
1946 53 0 53
1947 36 0 36
1948 34 0 34
1949 41 0 41
1950 42 0 42
1951 38 0 38
1952 48 0 48
1953 42 0 42
1954 43 0 43
1955 39 0 39
1956 52 6 46
1957 32 0 32
1958 25 0 25
1959 28 0 28
1960 37 0 37
1961 26 0 26
1962 38 0 38
1963 40 0 40
1964 21 0 21
1965 19 0 19
1966 27 0 27
1967 27 0 27
1968 34 0 34
1969 39 0 39
1970 25 0 25
1971 34 0 34
1972 33 0 33
1973 40 0 40
1974 41 0 41
1975 43 0 43
1976 41 0 41
1977 31 0 31
1978 43 0 43
1979 58 0 58
1980 41 0 41
1981 56 0 56
1982 58 5 53
1983 62 5 57
1984 58 6 52
1985 60 7 53
1986 59 9 50
1987 58 9 49
1988 68 7 61
1989 86 9 77
1990 79 8 71
1991 90 12 78
1992 131 16 115
1993 98 7 91
1994 113 15 98
1995 115 25 90
1996 144 33 111
1997 133 42 91
1998 142 35 107
1999 140 34 106
2000 139 37 102
2001 141 31 110
2002 158 30 128
2003 148 30 118
2004 131 32 99
2005 166 38 128
2006 183 37 146
2007 193 53 140
2008 372 213 159
2009 606 431 175
2010 668 451 217
2011 766 548 218
2012 704 520 184
2013 730 546 184
2014 808 568 240
2015 940 679 261
2016 1,018 755 263
2017 900 665 235

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Popularity of Leighton as a first name

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Popularity of Leighton as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Leighton U.S.
  White 91.98% 64.26%
  African American 2.07% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.58% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.21% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.74% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.42% 16.26%

Of Last Name Leighton

People with the last name Leighton are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Leighton

  • How Popular is the name Leighton? Leighton is the 2,149th most popular name of all time. As a last name Leighton was the 4,222nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Leighton have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 13,159 babies born with the first name Leighton in the United States. That's more than enough people named Leighton to occupy the territory of Wallis and Futuna (France) with an estimated population of 13,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Leighton? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1893 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Leighton first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Leighton is Wednesday, April 26th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Leighton born? The highest recorded use of the first name Leighton was in 2016 with a total of 755 babies.
  • Random Leighton Factoid: According to the 1945 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Leighton is not a popular baby boy's name in Minnesota. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Minnesota have the same name as you in 1945.
  • Weird things about the name Leighton: Your name in reverse order is Nothgiel. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ongeilth. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Leighton? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 8,399 people with the last name Leighton.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Leighton? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Leighton as their last name.

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