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Where did the English Deaton family come from? What is the English Deaton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Deaton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Deaton family history?

Deaton is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Deaton family lived in the North Riding of Yorkshire. They descended from the distinguished Norman family of Picot d'Auton, and it is from that local name, which means from Auton, that the surname derives.


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Deaton include Daton, Dayton, Deighton, Dauton and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deaton research. Another 302 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1340, and 1419 are included under the topic Early Deaton History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Deaton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Deaton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 124 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Deatons to arrive on North American shores:

Deaton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Wm Deaton, who arrived in Virginia in 1651

Deaton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Deaton, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Mary Deaton, who arrived in Virginia in 1703

Deaton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Freak. H. Deaton, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from England, in 1892

Deaton Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Katty Deaton, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1909
  • Kitty Deaton, aged 29, who landed in America from Islington, England, in 1910
  • Kitty Amy Deaton, aged 29, who emigrated to America from London, England, in 1911
  • Bruce Deaton, aged 19, who landed in America from London, England, in 1912
  • Frederick Deaton, aged 38, who settled in America from Sydney, Australia, in 1924


  • Brady J. Deaton Ph. D. (b. 1942), American educator appointed Chancellor of the University of Missouri in 2004
  • Charles U. Deaton (1921-1996), American architect
  • Jim Deaton, former American football coach
  • Angus Stewart Deaton (b. 1945), Scottish microeconomist


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The Deaton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Deaton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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