name Heyton comes from the family having resided 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 Heyton 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 Heyton family
The surname Heyton 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 Heyton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heyton research.Another 333 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1273 and 1279 are included under the topic Early Heyton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Heyton Spelling Variations
Heyton has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Heighton, Highton, Huyton and others.
Early Notables of the Heyton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Heyton family to Ireland
Some of the Heyton 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 Heyton family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Heytons to arrive on North American shores: William Heighton who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1828; William Highton settled in Maryland in 1771.