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

Peyton is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Peyton family lived in Sussex, at Peyton, from whence their name 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 Peyton include Peyton, Payton and others.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peyton research. Another 201 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1544, 1630, 1623, 1613, 1684, 1640, 1644, 1661, 1679, 1657, 1621 and 1624 are included under the topic Early Peyton History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 153 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Peyton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Peyton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words(3 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 Peytons to arrive on North American shores:

Peyton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Peyton, who landed in Virginia in 1659
  • Thomas Peyton, who landed in Maryland in 1665
  • Valentine Peyton, who arrived in Virginia in 1665
  • Richard Peyton, who landed in Maryland in 1676
  • Robert Peyton, who arrived in Virginia in 1694

Peyton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • George Peyton settled in Virginia in 1748
  • Anne Peyton settled in Virginia in 1761

Peyton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Ann Peyton, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1826
  • William R Peyton, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • John Peyton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866


  • Craig Peyton (b. 1953), American producer
  • Elizabeth Peyton (b. 1965), American painter
  • Rev.Fr. Patrick Peyton (1909-1992), also known as the Rosary Priest
  • Robert Ludwell Yates Peyton (1822-1863), Confederate senator and officer
  • Rupert Peyton, Louisiana state representative who opposed Huey P. Long
  • John Peyton (b. 1964), American politician, currently the mayor of Jacksonville, Florida
  • Major-General Philip Bradley Peyton (1881-1949), American Commanding General I Corps (1940-1941)
  • Gerry Peyton (b. 1956), English former football goalkeeper
  • K M Peyton (b. 1929), British author
  • John Peyton (1919-2006), Baron Peyton of Yeovil, British politician who served as Minister for Transport


  • The Peytons of Virginia by Peyton Society of Virginia.
  • Yelverton Payton by Mary Evelyn Cook Treadway.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Patior, potior
Motto Translation: I endure, I enjoy


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