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Early Origins of the Crayton family

The surname Crayton was first found in the North Riding of Yorkshire at Crathorne, a parish, in the union of Stokesley, W. division of the liberty of Langbaurgh. "This place, which is in the district called Cleveland, and situated on the western side of the vale of the river Leven, anciently belonged to the Crathorne family, who were settled here for many generations, and of whom Sir William Crathorne, Knt., died in the early part of the 14th century. The church is a small ancient structure, in the chancel of which is the recumbent effigy of a knight, supposed to be Sir William Crathorne. There is a Roman Catholic chapel, originally founded by the Crathorne family, and rebuilt about 1825." [1]

Early History of the Crayton family

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Crayton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Crathorne, Crawthorne, Craythorne, Creythorne, Creythorn, Craythorn and many more.

Early Notables of the Crayton family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Crathorne (1670-1740), English Catholic divine, born in October 1670, descended from the ancient family of Crathorne of Crathorne in Yorkshire. He was educated in the English college at Douay, where he was a professor for several years. On...
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Crayton Ranking

In the United States, the name Crayton is the 3,723rd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [2]

United States Crayton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Crayton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ann Crayton, who arrived in Maryland in 1661 [3]
Crayton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Isaac Crayton, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1766
Crayton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Crayton, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1846 [3]
  • J Crayton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • H. M. R. Crayton, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
Crayton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Louise Crayton, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Thomas Crayton, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Bessie Crayton, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Lulu Crayton, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1912
  • Robert Crayton, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1918
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Contemporary Notables of the name Crayton (post 1700) +

  • James Edward Crayton, alias Too Sweet, American middleweight professional boxer from Nevada
  • Patrick Jamel Crayton (b. 1979), American NFL football wide receiver
  • Wesley Crayton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Mississippi, 1888, 1896, 1908, 1912, 1916 [4]
  • Percy C. Crayton (1894-1988), American Republican politician, Postmaster at Anderson, South Carolina, 1932-37 [4]
  • John W. Crayton, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1944 [4]
  • Louis Crayton (b. 1977), Liberian footballer
  • Elliott Crayton McCants (1865-1953), American author and educator, inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors in 1996
  • Crayton Patterson, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Hoover, Alabama, 2004

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Robert Crayton (d. 1914), British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [5]

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from
  5. Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from on Facebook