Deighton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early Origins of the Deighton family
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.  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." 
Early History of the Deighton family
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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.
Early Notables of the Deighton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Deighton family to Ireland
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Deighton migration to the United States +
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, who 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 migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Deighton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. George Deighton, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 13th March 1828, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) 
- Thomas Deighton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mount Stuart Elphinstone" in 1851 
Deighton migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Deighton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Richard J Deighton, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Aurora
- Samuel Deighton, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship "Aurora"
- Richard Deighton, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
- Samuel Deighton, aged 17, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
- Joseph Deighton, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
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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
Historic Events for the Deighton family +
HMS Royal Oak
- Ernest Cecil Deighton (d. 1939), British Stoker 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking 
Related Stories +
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ 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)
- ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOUNT STUART ELPHINSTONE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851MountStuartElphinstone.gif
- ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html