England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Deyton 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.
Early Origins of the Deyton family
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. 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Deyton family
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Deyton Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Deyton have been found, including Daton, Dayton, Deighton, Dauton and others.
Early Notables of the Deyton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Deyton family to Ireland
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Migration of the Deyton family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Deyton were among those contributors: Thomas Deighton, who settled in New York in 1774; John Deighton, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1777; Henry Deighton, who came to Pennsylvania in 1830.
Contemporary Notables of the name Deyton (post 1700)
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