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The ancestors of the Deighton family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They 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.

Deighton Early Origins



The surname Deighton was first found in Yorkshire at Deighton, a village and civil parish in the Hambleton district. The village dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Dictune. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
To confuse matters, there is another Deighton now a village and civil parish in the unitary authority of the City of York, North Yorkshire and another Deighton, a district of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. All locals are generally believed to have similar origins but have separate entries in the Domesday Book. All have retained rather small populations over the years with the West Riding local having the highest at 539 in the late 1800s. The others have less that 200. The place name literally means "farmstead surrounded by a ditch." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Deighton Spelling Variations


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Deighton Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Deighton were recorded, including Daton, Dayton, Deighton, Dauton and others.

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Deighton Early History


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Deighton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deighton research. Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1340 and 1419 are included under the topic Early Deighton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Deighton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Deighton Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Deighton In Ireland


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Deighton In Ireland



Some of the Deighton 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Deighton arrived in North America very early:

Deighton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Deighton arrived in New York State in 1774

Deighton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anna Deighton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Deighton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Deighton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mount Stuart Elphinstone" in 1851

Deighton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Richard J Deighton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Aurora
  • Samuel Deighton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship "Aurora"
  • Richard Deighton, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Samuel Deighton, aged 17, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Joseph Deighton arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Deighton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Deighton (post 1700)



  • John Deighton (1830-1875), English bar owner in Vancouver, Canada, known as Gassy Jack, eponym of "Gastown"
  • Paul Deighton (b. 1956), British investment banker, CEO of the 2012 London Olympics
  • Leonard Cyril Deighton (b. 1929), British military historian, cookery writer, and novelist

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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The Deighton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Deighton 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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