Guiton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Guiton name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the area of Cheshire that was referred to as the hill of Gaega, Gaega being an Anglo-Saxon personal name. Guiton 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.

Another source notes the name could have been a local name having derived from the Viking "geit" + "tun," and literally meant "farmstead where the goats are kept." [1]

Early Origins of the Guiton family

The surname Guiton was first found in Lincolnshire where three of the earliest records of the family were listed. The first was Robert de Geiton who was listed there in the Pipe Rolls of 1193 [2], the second and third were Ralph de Gayton and Richard de Gayton, both listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [3]

Much further to the north in Scotland, Geoffrey de Gaytun was Burgess of Aberdeen in 1275 and Galfridus dictus de Gaytun, appears as a charter witness there in 1231, but this source notes that the name was "of English origin from one or other of several places of the name in England." [4] A migration to Scotland must be presumed.

We discovered a township in Cheshire, a parish in Norfolk; a parish in Northamptonshire; a parish in Staffordshire; and two parishes in Lincolnshire all named Gayton. The Norfolk, Staffordshire and Lincolnshire parishes are listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Gaituna, Gaitone and Gettone respectively. [1] [5]

Important Dates for the Guiton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Guiton research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1200 and 1317 are included under the topic Early Guiton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Guiton Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Guiton has undergone many spelling variations, including Gayton, Gaydon, Gaytun, Gaton and others.

Early Notables of the Guiton family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Guiton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Guiton migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Guiton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Guiton, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Guiton (post 1700)

  • Bertha Guiton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1940 [7]
  • Marie Adrien François Guiton, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [8]

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Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 9) Marie Guiton. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
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