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Early Origins of the Eyton family

The surname Eyton was first found in Shropshire at Eyton where "this family can lay claim to great antiquity, being certainly resident at Eyton on the WealdMoors as early as the reigns of Henry I. and II. They were in some way connected with the Pantulfs, Barons of Wem, who were Lords of Eyton at the period of the Domesday Survey." [1]

Today Eyton is known as Eyton upon the Weald Moors and dates back to the aforementioned Domesday Book of 1086 where it was originally listed as Etone. By 1344, the local was known as "Eyton super le Wildmore" and literally meant "farmstead on dry ground in marsh, or on well-watered land," from the Old English words "eg" + "tun." The affix means "in the wild moorland," from the Old English "wilde" + "mor." [2]

Stephen Eyton or Edon (fl. 1320?), was an early English chronicler, "a canon of the Augustinian priory of Warter, near Pocklington in the East Riding of Yorkshire, and possibly took his name from the neighbouring village of Etton." [3]

Early History of the Eyton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eyton research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1154, 1172, 1241, 1396, 1455, 1487, 1510, 1600, 1607, 1642, 1660, 1681 and 1982 are included under the topic Early Eyton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eyton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Eyton, Eyghton, Eiton, Eytone and others.

Early Notables of the Eyton family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Sir Kenrick Eyton (c 1607-1681), a Welsh lawyer and politician, Member of Parliament for Flintshire (1660), King's Attorney at Chester (August 1660

Ireland Migration of the Eyton family to Ireland

Some of the Eyton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Eyton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Eyton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Samson Eyton, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1650 [4]
  • Richard Eyton, an emigrant in bondage, who arrived in America in 1690

West Indies Eyton migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [5]
Eyton Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Laurence Eyton, who arrived in Barbados in 1655
  • William Eyton, who settled in Barbados in 1680

Contemporary Notables of the name Eyton (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Campbell Eyton (1809-1880), English naturalist, a friend of Charles Darwin, who, after taking possession of the family estate at Eyton, Shropshire, in 1855, built a museum for skins and skeletons of European birds
  • Anthony Eyton (b. 1923), English painter
  • Mr. David Eyton C.B.E. (b. 1960), British Group Head of Technology for BP plc., was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Engineering and to Energy [6]

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. 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)
  6. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook