Dearton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Dearton has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the village of Dearden in the county of Lancashire.

Early Origins of the Dearton family

The surname Dearton was first found in Lancashire at Dearden, near Edenfield, Bury [1] where the name derives from the Old English word "deor" meaning "deer," and "denu", which meant "valley," collectively meaning "the valley of the deer."

Important Dates for the Dearton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dearton research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1281 and 1130 are included under the topic Early Dearton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dearton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Dearton have been found, including Dearden, Deardens, Durden, Dureden, Deardon and many more.

Early Notables of the Dearton family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Dearton family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Dearton, or a variant listed above: Richard Dearden who settled in Virginia in 1717; Harrison, John, William Deardon, settled in Philadelphia between 1860 and 1870.

Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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