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

The ancestors of the Dyton family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They 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.

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Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Dyton were recorded, including Daton, Dayton, Deighton, Dauton and others.

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


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

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

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Some of the Dyton 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.

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The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Dyton arrived in North America very early: Ralph Dayton who settled in New Haven Conn. in 1630; Mary Dayton arrived in Virginia in 1648; B. and W.B. Dayton arrived in San Francisco Cal. in 1852.

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The Dyton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dyton 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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