Aulton is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Aulton family lived in Nottinghamshire
, where they held lands and estates for many years. They were granted these lands by William the Conqueror for their efforts at the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The name is habitational in derivation, and comes from the Old English awiell,
which means spring,
which means enclosure
Early Origins of the Aulton family
The surname Aulton was first found in Nottinghamshire
, and Lancashire
. Of the latter, we found more records than the other branches. At first, the family held estates at Bispham, a village within the borough of Blackpool as far back as the 14th century. Roger Dalton had thirteen children by four wives. Of note was Lawrence Dalton who died in 1561 and was an officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. This branch also held estates at Thurnham, again in Lancashire. "The manor was subsequently held by Thomas Lonne, citizen and grocer of London, who, in the reign of Philip and Mary, sold it to the Daltons, of Bispham, which family continues to possess nearly the whole township." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Aulton family
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Aulton Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Alton, Allton, Allten, Alten, Altoun, Althoun, Althan, Althaun, Aulton, Dalton and many more.
Early Notables of the Aulton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Aulton family to Ireland
Some of the Aulton family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Aulton family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Aulton or a variant listed above:
Aulton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Henry Aulton, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1918
Contemporary Notables of the name Aulton (post 1700)
- Patrick "Pat" Aulton (d. 2009), Australian record producer, musician, arranger and songwriter, best known for his composition "It's Time", the theme song for the Australian Labor Party in the 1972 election and his Weetbix jingle