The lineage of the name Guyton begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the area of Cheshire
that was referred to as the hill of Gaega
, Gaega being an Anglo-Saxon personal name
. Guyton 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Guyton family
The surname Guyton 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 CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
, the second and third were Ralph de Gayton and Richard de Gayton, both listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
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) 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Guyton family
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Guyton 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 Guyton has undergone many spelling variations
, including Gayton, Gaydon, Gaytun, Gaton and others.
Early Notables of the Guyton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Guyton family to Ireland
Some of the Guyton family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Guyton family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Guyton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Guyton, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Coromandel
- William Guyton, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Coromandel" in 1840
Contemporary Notables of the name Guyton (post 1700)
- Walter Guyton (1874-1974), noted American physicist and electrical engineer
- Joseph William Guyton (1889-1918), first American soldier killed on German-held soil during World War I
- Myron Mynard Guyton (b. 1967), former professional American football defensive back
- Gary Guyton (b. 1985), American football linebacker
- Arthur James Guyton (b. 1978), American former professional basketball player
- Tyree Guyton (b. 1955), American artist
- Boone Tarleton Guyton (1913-1996), American Naval Aviation Cadet, experimental test pilot, author and businessman
- Arthur Clifton Guyton (1919-2003), American physiologist
- Emma Jane Guyton (1825-1887), English novelist
- William Guyton (1816-1884), the second Mayor of Wellington, New Zealand
Suggested Readings for the name Guyton
- Guytons Galore: From French Huguenots to Oregon Pioneers by Helen Guyton Rees.