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The origins of the Dunton name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Dunton in Essex, a place which no longer exists. Despite the fact that it no longer exists on any map, and its location is unknown, its existence in the Middle Ages is beyond doubt. It was recorded as a place in the Domesday Book in 1086, when it was rendered Dantune. Variations in spelling were common with all names until around the 18th century. Often the people who had the name were themselves completely illiterate, and were simply telling a clerk of the King's Court what their name was. This meant that the spelling of a name was up to the whim of the clerk. Often the names were Latinized (that is, put into a Latin form), or, it the clerk had never heard of the name before, he would make up the spelling of it on the spot, based upon phonetics. However, phonetics was an imprecise science at the time, leading to many and varied spellings of the same name. This practice ended in the 18th century, when the spread of literacy meant that most people knew how to spell their names. Quite often, the modern spelling of a surname is a phonetic rendering of the name as said in the 18th century.

Dunton Early Origins



The surname Dunton 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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Dunton Spelling Variations


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Dunton Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Dunton were recorded, including Dunton, Duntin and others.

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Dunton Early History


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Dunton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunton research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1400, 1659, and 1733 are included under the topic Early Dunton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dunton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dunton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dunton 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



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Dunton family emigrate to North America:

Dunton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Andrew Dunton, who settled in Virginia in 1634
  • Andrew Dunton, aged 38, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Thomas Dunton settled in Virginia in 1647
  • Thomas Dunton, who arrived in Virginia in 1647
  • Simon Dunton, who landed in Maryland in 1680
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dunton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Dunton, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1707

Dunton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Dunton arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1822
  • Edward, Dunton Sr., who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dunton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dunton (post 1700)



  • Major-General Delmar Hall Dunton (1890-1967), American Commanding General Air Technical Service Command (1944)
  • Danny Dunton, former American international motorcycle speedway rider and promoter
  • Randy Dunton (b. 1960), American former head men's basketball coach
  • William Herbert Dunton (1878-1936), American Painter, who specialized in scenes of the American West
  • Theodore Watts Dunton (1832-1914), English critic and poet
  • John Dunton (1659-1733), English bookseller and author
  • Arnold Davidson Dunton (1912-1987), Canadian educator and public administrator

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. 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.
    3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. 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).
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    11. ...

    The Dunton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dunton 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 1 May 2014 at 23:59.

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