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Where did the English Heaton family come from? What is the English Heaton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Heaton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Heaton family history?Heaton is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in one of a variety of similarly-named places. Settlements named Heaton are in Northumberland and the West Riding of Yorkshire. Heaton Norris, Heaton under Horwich, Heaton with Oxcliffe, Great Heaton, and Little Heaton are all in Lancashire. Places called Capheaton and Kirkheaton are found in Northumberland, while settlements named Cleckheaton, Hanging Heaton, and Kirkheaton are all in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Heaton belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names that is derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Heaton family name include Heaton, Heton and others.
First found in West Yorkshire at Heaton, the oldest place name in England so named. The village dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Etone and literally meant "high farmstead." 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heaton research. Another 163 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1300 and 1372 are included under the topic Early Heaton History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Heaton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Heaton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Heaton surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Heaton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Heaton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Heaton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heaton 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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