Deaton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Deaton is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Deaton 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Deaton family

The surname Deaton was first found in Yorkshire. There are three parishes named Deighton in Yorkshire: the chapelry in the North Riding; the township in the East Riding; and the parish named Kirk Deighton in the West Riding. [2]

All have the same meaning: "farmstead surrounded by a ditch," from the Old English "dic" + "tun." [3]

All date back to the Domesday Book of 1086 but with very different spellings in use at that time: Dictune (North Riding); Distone (near York); and Distone (Kirk Deighton.) [4]

The Dictune spelling had an impact on early rolls, Thomas and Henry de Dicton were found in the Assize Rolls of Yorkshire in 1204 and later in 1259. Richard de Dyghton was listed in the Feet of Fines for Yorkshire in 1327. [5]

Some of the family were found in Scotland where the name as " local, probably from Dighton or Deighton in the North Riding of Yorkshire. John de Dychton, subdeacon of Urquhart, 1343." [6]

Early History of the Deaton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deaton research. Another 172 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1340 and 1419 are included under the topic Early Deaton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Deaton Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Deaton include Daton, Dayton, Deighton, Dauton and others.

Early Notables of the Deaton family (pre 1700)

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Deaton Ranking

In the United States, the name Deaton is the 2,264th most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [7]

Ireland Migration of the Deaton family to Ireland

Some of the Deaton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Deaton migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Deatons to arrive on North American shores:

Deaton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Deaton, who arrived in Virginia in 1651 [8]
Deaton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Deaton, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [8]
  • Mary Deaton, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [8]
Deaton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Freak. H. Deaton, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States from England, in 1892
Deaton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Katty Deaton, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1909
  • Kitty Deaton, aged 29, who landed in America from Islington, England, in 1910
  • Kitty Amy Deaton, aged 29, who immigrated to America from London, England, in 1911
  • Bruce Deaton, aged 19, who landed in America from London, England, in 1912
  • Frederick Deaton, aged 38, who settled in America from Sydney, Australia, in 1924

Canada Deaton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Deaton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Deaton, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Sea Horse" in 1833

Contemporary Notables of the name Deaton (post 1700) +

  • Jim Deaton, former American football coach
  • Charles U. Deaton (1921-1996), American architect
  • Brady J. Deaton Ph. D. (b. 1942), American educator appointed Chancellor of the University of Missouri in 2004
  • Thomas Patrick Deaton, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 7th District, 1990, 1992 [9]
  • Sherman S. Deaton, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1912 [9]
  • Irene Deaton, American politician, Mayor of Newport, Kentucky, 1980-84 [9]
  • Cary J. Deaton, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Louisiana 1st District, 2000 [9]
  • Angus Stewart Deaton (b. 1945), Scottish-born, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences award winning microeconomist


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  7. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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