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The ancestors of the bearers of the Drayton family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in one of the many places called Drayton, or in the settlement of Dreyton in Devon.

Drayton Early Origins



The surname Drayton was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Drayton Spelling Variations


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Drayton Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Drayton include Drayton, Draydon, Draton, Dradon and others.

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Drayton Early History


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Drayton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Drayton research. Another 263 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1563 and 1631 are included under the topic Early Drayton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Drayton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Drayton Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Drayton Notables 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



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Drayton or a variant listed above:

Drayton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Drayton, who landed in Maine in 1642
  • Anne Drayton who settled in Barbados in 1654
  • Thomas Drayton, who landed in North Carolina in 1671
  • Thomas Drayton settled in Barbados with his servants in 1680

Drayton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Thomas Drayton, who arrived in America in 1811
  • G Drayton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Drayton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Drayton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Diadem" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque DIADEM 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Diadem.htm
  • Priscilla Drayton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Diadem" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque DIADEM 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Diadem.htm
  • John Drayton, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  • Joseph Drayton, aged 30, a gardener, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Norman"

Drayton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charlotte Drayton, aged 39, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Alfred Drayton, aged 16, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Drayton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Drayton (post 1700)



  • Henry Shipton Drayton (1840-1923), American physician and phrenologist
  • Ronny Drayton, well-known American guitarist
  • Troy Anthony Drayton (b. 1970), former professional American football tight end
  • Stan Drayton, American football coach
  • Grace Drayton (1877-1936), American illustrator
  • Paul Drayton (1939-2010), American Olympic athlete and winner of a gold medal
  • William Drayton (1732-1790), American lawyer and jurist
  • Buster Drayton (b. 1952), American professional boxer
  • John Drayton (1766-1822), American politician, 40th Governor of South Carolina
  • William "Bill" Drayton (b. 1943), American social entrepreneur
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque DIADEM 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Diadem.htm
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849

Other References

  1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  11. ...

The Drayton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Drayton 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.

This page was last modified on 17 November 2014 at 15:27.

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