Aighton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Aighton family
The surname Aighton was first found in the county of Berwickshire, where Ayton is a small town "which takes its name from the water of Eye, on the banks of which it is situated, is intimately connected with important transactions of early times. It was formerly dependent on the monastery of Coldingham, as appears from charters belonging to that establishment, upon the settlement of which, between the years 1098 and 1107, under the auspices of King Edgar, that monarch made them several grants, including "Eytun" and "aliam Eytun," the latter being Nether Ayton, on the opposite side of the river." 
One of the first records of the name was William de Eytone who rendered homage to King Edward I in 1296. 
Early History of the Aighton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aighton research. Another 252 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1296, 1440, 1672, 1440, 1887, 1570, 1638, 1460, 1488, 1488, 1513 and 1644 are included under the topic Early Aighton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Aighton Spelling Variations
During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Aighton occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Aiton, Ayton, Aytoun and others.
Early Notables of the Aighton family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir Robert Ayton or Aytoun (1570-1638), English poet, who was also a private secretary to the queens of James I and Charles I. He "was a descendant of the Norman house of De Vescy, lords of Sprouston in Northumberland. Gilbert de Vescy, a younger son of the family, settled in Scotland in the reign of King Robert Bruce, having received from him the lands of Aytoun in Berwickshire. Thereupon he changed his name to that of his estate. "
"In Berwickshire the Aytouns continued as landowners until James III (1460-1488), when...
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Migration of the Aighton family
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Aighton, or a spelling variation of the surname include: James Ayton settled in Virginia in 1716.
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)