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Honton is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in one of the various settlements called Hunton in the counties of Hampshire, Kent, and the North Riding of Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Honton family

The surname Honton was first found in the North Riding of Yorkshire, where one of the first records of the family was Roger of Hunton, who was listed in the Feet of Fine for 1263. A few years later, William de Hunton was recorded in 1304, again in Yorkshire. [1]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included Roger Hunton, who held lands there at that time. [2]

Early History of the Honton family

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Honton Spelling Variations

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 Honton family name include Hunton, Huntoon and others.

Early Notables of the Honton family

Distinguished members of the family include Philip Hunton (1604-1682), an English clergyman and political writer, best known for his anti-absolutist work "A Treatise of Monarchy," which was banned under the Restoration. [3] Sir Henry Unton or Umpton (1557?-1596) was an English diplomatist and soldier, the second son of Sir Edward Unton or Umpton of Wadley, near Faringdon, Berkshire. "The father, Sir Edward, belonged to a Berkshire family, which traced its pedigree to the time of Edward IV; he was knighted at Queen Elizabeth's coronation in January 1558-1559, was Sheriff of the county in 1567, and M.P. in 1572, and entertained...
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Migration of the Honton family

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 Honton surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Mary Hunton, who sailed to Maryland in 1736; David Huntoon, who traveled to Belfast, Me. in 1820; W.C. Huntoon to San Francisco in 1850; J.D. Huntoon to San Francisco in 1862.

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook