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
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.
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
Deighton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Deighton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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
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