Early Origins of the Aitoun family
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. One of the first records of the name was William de Eytone who rendered homage to King Edward I in 1296. CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Early History of the Aitoun family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aitoun research.
Another 503 words (36 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1296, 1440, 1672, 1440, 1887, 1570, 1638 and 1644 are included under the topic Early Aitoun History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Aitoun Spelling Variations
The name Aitoun, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Aiton, Ayton, Aytoun and others.
Early Notables of the Aitoun family (pre 1700)
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aitoun Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Aitoun family to the New World and Oceana
The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. 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." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Aitoun family, or who bore a variation of the surname Aitoun were James Ayton settled in Virginia in 1716.
Aitoun Family Crest Products