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Early Origins of the Airton family

The surname Airton 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." [1]

One of the first records of the name was William de Eytone who rendered homage to King Edward I in 1296. [2]

Early History of the Airton family

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Airton Spelling Variations

The name, Airton, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Aiton, Ayton, Aytoun and others.

Early Notables of the Airton family

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. " [3] "In Berwickshire the Aytouns continued as landowners until James III (1460-1488), when...
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Migration of the Airton family

The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Airton surname who came to North America were: James Ayton settled in Virginia in 1716.

Contemporary Notables of the name Airton (post 1700) +

  • Airton Dare (b. 1978), Brazilian race car driver

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Jack Airton, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking [4]

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. 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)
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook