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

The lineage of the name Guyton begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the area of Cheshire that was referred to as the hill of Gaega, Gaega being an Anglo-Saxon personal name. Guyton is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Guyton has undergone many spelling variations, including Gayton, Gaydon, Gaytun, Gaton and others.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Guyton research. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1200 are included under the topic Early Guyton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Guyton were among those contributors: Richard Gayton settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants; Roger Gayton arrived in Maryland in 1774.

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  • Arthur Clifton Guyton (1919-2003), American physiologist
  • Boone Tarleton Guyton (1913-1996), American Naval Aviation Cadet, experimental test pilot, author and businessman
  • Tyree Guyton (b. 1955), American artist
  • Arthur James Guyton (b. 1978), American former professional basketball player
  • Gary Guyton (b. 1985), American football linebacker
  • Myron Mynard Guyton (b. 1967), former professional American football defensive back
  • Joseph William Guyton (1889-1918), first American soldier killed on German-held soil during World War I
  • Walter Guyton (1874-1974), noted American physicist and electrical engineer
  • Emma Jane Guyton (1825-1887), English novelist
  • William Guyton (1816-1884), the second Mayor of Wellington, New Zealand


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  • Guytons Galore: From French Huguenots to Oregon Pioneers by Helen Guyton Rees.
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The Guyton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Guyton 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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