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Where did the English Heaton family come from? What is the English Heaton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Heaton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Heaton family history?

Heaton is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in one of a variety of similarly-named places. Settlements named Heaton are in Northumberland and the West Riding of Yorkshire. Heaton Norris, Heaton under Horwich, Heaton with Oxcliffe, Great Heaton, and Little Heaton are all in Lancashire. Places called Capheaton and Kirkheaton are found in Northumberland, while settlements named Cleckheaton, Hanging Heaton, and Kirkheaton are all in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Heaton belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names that is derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Heaton family name include Heaton, Heton and others.

First found in West Yorkshire at Heaton, the oldest place name in England so named. The village dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Etone and literally meant "high farmstead." [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heaton research. Another 163 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1300 and 1372 are included under the topic Early Heaton History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Heaton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Heaton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Heaton surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Heaton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nathanial Heaton settled in Boston in 1620
  • Samuel Heaton settled in Boston in 1634
  • Nathaniel Heaton, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1636
  • Robert Heaton, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Eliza Heaton, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682

Heaton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Heaton, aged 28, landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • John Heaton, who landed in America in 1809
  • Edward Heaton, aged 32, landed in New York in 1812
  • Elizabeth, George, James, John, Robert, William Heaton, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865
  • David Heaton, who arrived in Colorado in 1894

Heaton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Alexander Heaton, who landed in Canada in 1841

Heaton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Heaton, a brush-maker, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Samuel Evans Heaton, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Ann Heaton, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Mary Ann Heaton, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia

Heaton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W. Heaton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1854
  • R. Heaton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1854
  • John Heaton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "African" in 1860
  • Sarah A. Heaton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "African" in 1860


  • David Heaton (1823-1870), American politician, Congressional Representative from North Carolina
  • Patricia Heaton (b. 1958), American two-time Emmy Award winning actress, best known for her role on "Everybody Loves Raymond"
  • Leonard Dudley Heaton (1902-1983), American Surgeon General of the United States Army from 1959 to 1969
  • Tom Heaton (b. 1983), English football goalkeeper, member of the England National Teams (2001-2009)
  • William Edward Heaton VC (1875-1941), English recipient of the Victoria Cross for his gallantry in the face of the enemy during the Second Boer War
  • Michelle Heaton (b. 1980), British pop star, actress, television personality, personal trainer and glamour model
  • Sean William Michael "Mike" Heaton (b. 1966), British drummer for the English rock band Embrace
  • Paul Heaton (b. 1962), British musician and songwriter, former member of The Housemartins
  • Mr. Edmund Heaton (1913-1941), Australian Acting Electrical Artificer 4th Class from Botany, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking


  • Gone to Texas: A Compendium of the Dulaney, Haddox, Heaton, Holland and Martin Families by Mary Rebecca Scott.
  • The Heaton Families: 350 Years in America by Dean Heaton.

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Heaton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heaton 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.

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