The name Haytton is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in or near the settlement of Heighton in the county of Sussex
. The surname is thought to derive from one of several place names composed of the old English elements "heah" or "high" and "tun," meaning "enclosure or settlement." The surname Haytton belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Haytton family
The surname Haytton was first found in Sussex
where the first record of the name is John atte
Heghetun who was mentioned in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1296. Today Hightown is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton in Merseyside but originally part of Cheshire
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
However, other references list Hightown in what was formerly Lancashire
. "The Huytons of Billinge held land [in Skelmersdale, Lancashire] as early as 1307." CITATION[CLOSE]
'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].
Early History of the Haytton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haytton research.Another 333 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1273 and 1279 are included under the topic Early Haytton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Haytton Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Haytton has been spelled many different ways, including Heighton, Highton, Huyton and others.
Early Notables of the Haytton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Haytton family to Ireland
Some of the Haytton family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 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 Haytton family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hayttons to arrive in North America: William Heighton who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1828; William Highton settled in Maryland in 1771.