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Dayton is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dayton family lived in the North Riding of Yorkshire. They descended from the distinguished Norman family of Picot d'Auton, and it is from that local name, which means from Auton, that the surname derives.

Dayton Early Origins



The surname Dayton was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times.

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Dayton Spelling Variations


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Dayton Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Daton, Dayton, Deighton, Dauton and others.

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Dayton Early History


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Dayton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dayton research. Another 302 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1340, and 1419 are included under the topic Early Dayton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dayton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dayton Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Dayton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dayton In Ireland


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Dayton In Ireland



Some of the Dayton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Dayton or a variant listed above were:

Dayton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ralph Dayton who settled in New Haven Conn in 1630
  • Alice Dayton, who landed in Connecticut in 1643
  • Mary Dayton arrived in Virginia in 1648
  • Ralph Dayton, who arrived in New England in 1650

Dayton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Dayton, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Benjamin Dayton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • B. W. B. Dayton arrived in San Francisco California in 1852

Dayton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Nathan Dayton U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Dayton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Dayton, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dayton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dayton (post 1700)



  • Bruce Bliss Dayton (1918-2015), American retail executive, businessman, and philanthropist, CEO of Dayton Hudson Corporation, now known as the Target Corporation
  • George Draper Dayton (1857-1938), American businessman and philanthropist
  • Douglas Dayton (1925-2013), American retail executive, founder of Target Corporation with 365,000 employees worldwide
  • Jonathan Dayton (1760-1824), American politician from the New Jersey, the youngest person to sign the United States Constitution, eponym of Dayton, Ohio
  • William Lewis Dayton (1807-1864), American politician, United States Senator from New Jersey (1842-1851)
  • Mark Dayton (b. 1947), American politician, United States Senator from Minnesota (2001-2007), 40th Governor of Minnesota (2011-)
  • Alston Gordon Dayton (1857-1920), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from West Virginia 2nd District, 1895-1905; U.S. District Judge for West Virginia, 1905
  • Arthur Dayton, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1912
  • Brian Dayton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 2008
  • Charles H. Dayton, American Democrat politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 14th District, 1894
  • ... (Another 39 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Dayton


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Suggested Readings for the name Dayton



  • Family History of the Warren, Stone, Dayton, Routh, Wurster, Daggett, and Young Families by Candy Daggett Young.
  • Indiana Cousins by Louise Axsom.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Dayton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dayton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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