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The name Gayton has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the area of Cheshire that was referred to as the hill of Gaega, Gaega being an Anglo-Saxon personal name. Gayton is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Gayton Early Origins



The surname Gayton was first found in Cheshire 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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Gayton Spelling Variations


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Gayton Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Gayton have been found, including Gayton, Gaydon, Gaytun, Gaton and others.

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Gayton Early History


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Gayton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gayton research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1200 are included under the topic Early Gayton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gayton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gayton Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gayton 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



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Gayton, or a variant listed above:

Gayton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Gayton settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants

Gayton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Roger Gayton arrived in Maryland in 1774

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gayton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gayton (post 1700)



  • James Bennett Gayton, American politician, Delegate to North Dakota State Constitutional Convention from Emmons County, 1889
  • George L. Gayton, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 16th District, 1976; Candidate for Michigan State Senate 10th District, 1978

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Gayton Historic Events


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Gayton Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Anthony Lovell Gayton (b. 1964), American Specialist 4th Class from Robbins, Illinois, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    5. 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.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Gayton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gayton 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 19 October 2015 at 10:15.

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