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The ancestors of the bearers of the Aughton family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found at Aughton in the county of Lancashire.

Early Origins of the Aughton family

The surname Aughton was first found in Lancashire at Aughton, a village and civil parish within the West Lancashire district. "'Achetun' was held before the Conquest by Uctred, the Saxon proprietor of Dalton and Skelmersdale; the manor, or parts of it, subsequently came to the families of Acton or Aughton. Aughton Old Hall, the ancient residence of the Aughtons, is now a farmhouse." 1

"The share [Aughton, Lancashire, held by] Madoc de Aughton, ancestor of the Aughton family, is harder to trace. He granted to Einion de Aughton the mill by the pool of Aughton and the land of Haylandhurst in exchange for the overflow of the mill waters. Madoc his son gave to William son of Jugge land adjoining Cokemonhurst. Walter son of Madoc succeeded in or before the time of Edward II." 2

This is not the only local so named. Aughton Humber was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Actun and as Achetun. 3 To complicate matters more, Aughton is also a village in the East Riding of Yorkshire and a village near Rotherham in South Yorkshire. Literally, the place name means "farmstead where oak-tress grow," from the Old English words "ac" + "tun." 4 Conjecturally, the Aughton line is descended from Roger of Poitou, the Norman Baron who held the Lordship at the taking of the Domesday Book. Roger was son of Roger de Montgomery and the line became extinct under that identification. Aughton was recorded as having 2 hawk's eyries at that time.

Early History of the Aughton family

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Aughton Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Aughton include Aughton, Aughtin, Aughten, Aughtan and others.

Early Notables of the Aughton family

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United States Aughton migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Aughton or a variant listed above:

Aughton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Aughton, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1893
Aughton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ida Aughton, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States from Southport, in 1900
  • William Aughton, aged 32, who settled in America from Southport, in 1900
  • Elvy Aughton, aged 44, who immigrated to America from Southport, in 1903
  • John Aughton, aged 42, who settled in America from Southport, in 1903
  • Stanley Aughton, aged 1, who landed in America from Southampton, England, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Aughton (post 1700) +

  • Peter Aughton, author

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online [accessed 21 January 2017].
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) on Facebook