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Dunton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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.


Early Origins of the Dunton family


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.

Early History of the Dunton family


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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.

Early Notables of the Dunton family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Dunton family to the New World and Oceana


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, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Thomas Dunton, who settled in Virginia in 1647
  • Thomas Dunton, who arrived in Virginia in 1647 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Simon Dunton, who landed in Maryland in 1680 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Dunton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Dunton, who arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1822
  • Edward, Dunton Sr., who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dunton (post 1700)


  • Major-General Delmar Hall Dunton (1890-1967), American Commanding General Air Technical Service Command (1944) [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) Delmar Dunton. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Dunton/Delmar_Hall/USA.html
  • 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
  • George Dunton Widener Jr. (1889-1971), American businessman and thoroughbred racehorse owner, son of George Dunton Widener Sr
  • Mr. George Dunton Widener (1861-1912), American businessman aged 50, American First Class passenger from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) Delmar Dunton. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Dunton/Delmar_Hall/USA.html


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