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The name layton is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the place called Leighton which had various locations in England including Huntingdon, Salop (Shropshire), Bedford, North Riding of Yorkshire and Cheshire. This Habitation name was originally derived from the Old English word Leac-tun, which referred to the homestead where leeks were grown.

Leyton is an area of north-east London, part of the London Borough of Waltham Forest in Essex. In this case, the name means "settlement on the River Lea" and was also known until 1921 as "Low Leyton" and also included Leytonstone. It dates back to the Domesday Book, when it was called Leintun at that time. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


layton Early Origins



The surname layton was first found in Shropshire, where "the Leightons are stated to have been seated at Leighton in this county prior to the Conquest: Domesday has 'Rainald (vicecom') ten' Lestone; Leuui tenuit temp. Reg. Edw.' Hence there can be no doubt the name Lestone, i.e. Lewi's-town, now Leighton was derived. " [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Today Leighton is named Leighton and Eaton Constantine. Later in Huntingdon, Roger de Leyton and Clement de Leyton were listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The same rolls listed Henry de Leyton in Buckinghamshire. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

As one would expect, Leighton in Cheshire was at one time held by the family. "At the time of the Domesday Survey this place belonged to Robert de Rodelent, after whose death it was given to the barons of Montalt, of whom it was held by the Leighton family." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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layton Spelling Variations


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layton Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name layton were recorded, including Leighton, Layton, Laton and others.

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layton Early History


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layton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our layton research. Another 339 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1391, 1693, 1525, 1593, 1549, 1591, 1530, 1610, 1570, 1609, 1565, 1622, 1614, 1611, 1684, 1661, 1671, 1671, 1674, 1653, 1662, 1661, 1622, 1705 and 1797 are included under the topic Early layton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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layton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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layton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Sir Brian Leighton; Sir Edward Leighton (by 1525-1593), an English politician, High Sheriff of Montgomeryshire for 1549 and 1591; Sir Thomas Leighton (c.1530-1610), an English soldier and politician who served as the Governor of Guernsey and Jersey from 1570 to 1609; Sir William...

Another 82 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early layton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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layton In Ireland


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layton In Ireland



Some of the layton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 49 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the layton family emigrate to North America:

layton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Layton, aged 30, arrived in Barbados in 1634
  • Elizabeth Layton, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • William Layton, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Thomas Layton, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1638
  • John Layton, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

layton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hugh Layton, who landed in Virginia in 1705

layton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Layton, aged 27, landed in Louisiana in 1812
  • Jose M Layton, aged 24, landed in New Orleans, La in 1827
  • Manuel Ma Layton, aged 33, landed in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • I S Layton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1849
  • Jordan Layton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

layton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Frances Layton, aged 29, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • John Layton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • John Layton, aged 22, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mr. James Layton U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

layton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Layton, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"

layton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Layton, aged 21, a fireman, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name layton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name layton (post 1700)



  • Lester Lee "Les" Layton (1921-2014), American Major League Baseball player who played in the 1948 season for the New York Giants
  • Joe Layton (1931-1994), born Joseph Lichtman, an American two-time Emmy Award and Tony Award winning director and choreographer
  • Edward M. "Eddie" Layton (1925-2004), American organist at old Yankee Stadium for 31 seasons and member of the New York Sports Hall of Fame
  • Daniel John Layton (1879-1960), American Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court from 1933 to 1945
  • Edwin J. Layton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1944; Chair of Perry County Republican Party, 1949
  • Charles Layton, American politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Sandy, Utah, 1989
  • Caleb S. Layton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1868 (member, Resolutions Committee)
  • Caleb Rodney Layton (1851-1930), American Republican politician, Secretary of State of Delaware, 1901-05; U.S. Representative from Delaware at-large, 1919-23; Defeated, 1922
  • Arthur L. Layton, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Shreveport, Louisiana, 1953-62
  • Fernando Coello Layton (1847-1926), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio, 1891-97; State Court Judge in Ohio, 1908
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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layton Historic Events


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layton Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Sidney G Layton (b. 1921), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name layton


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Suggested Readings for the name layton



  • The Family and Ancestors of Joseph Anthony Layton by Robert F. Layton.
  • In My Father's House: the Story of the Layton Family and the Reverend Jim Jones by Min S. Yee.
  • A Leighton (also Layton) Genealogy by Perley M. Leighton.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  11. ...

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