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
, and the North Riding of Yorkshire
Early Origins of the Honton family
The surname Honton was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
before the Norman Conquest.
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 (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Honton family to the New World and Oceana
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.