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The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Leighton come from when the family resided 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)


Leighton Early Origins



The surname Leighton 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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Leighton Spelling Variations


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Leighton Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Leighton has been recorded under many different variations, including Leighton, Layton, Laton and others.

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Leighton Early History


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Leighton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leighton 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 Leighton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leighton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Leighton 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 Leighton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leighton In Ireland


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Leighton In Ireland



Some of the Leighton 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Leighton or a variant listed above:

Leighton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Leighton, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • Thomas Leighton, who arrived in New England in 1672

Leighton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Agnes Leighton, who settled in Maryland in 1726
  • Richard Leighton settled in Maryland in 1726
  • Sarah Leighton, who landed in New York, NY in 1743
  • John Leighton, who landed in New York, NY in 1743
  • Mr. Leighton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1754

Leighton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Leighton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • James Leighton arrived in San Francisco with his wife in 1850
  • A. Leighton, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • A. Leighton, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1895

Leighton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Albert Leighton, aged 51, who emigrated to America, in 1924

Leighton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Elizth Leighton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Francis Leighton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Frans Leighton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774

Leighton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Leighton, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  • Fred Leighton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bussorah Merchant" in 1848
  • William Leighton, aged 26, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"

Leighton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Leighton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Leighton, aged 36, a carpenter, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Sarah Leighton, aged 34, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • George Leighton, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Henry Leighton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Leighton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Leighton (post 1700)



  • Lillianne Brown "Lillian" Leighton (1874-1956), American silent film actress who starred in over 200 films before her retirement in 1940
  • John Atkinson Leighton (1861-1956), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the Syracuse Stars in 1890
  • Ronald Bruce Leighton (b. 1951), United States federal judge
  • George N. Leighton (b. 1912), retired African-American jurist
  • Robert Leighton, American Academy Award nominated film and television editor, known for his work on Now You See Me (2013), The Princess Bride (1987), Stand by Me (1986) and A Few Good Men (1992)
  • Robert Benjamin Leighton (1919-1997), prominent American experimental physicist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  • Robert Leighton (b. 1960), American writer and artist, cartoonist, puzzle writer, illustrator, and humorist
  • Laura Leighton (b. 1968), American actress
  • Francis Knyvett Leighton (1806-1881), English academic and priest, Warden of All Souls College, Oxford (1858-1881), Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University (1866-1870)
  • Sir Baldwyn Leighton (1836-1897), 8th Baronet, English landowner and politician, Member of Parliament for South Shropshire (1877-1885)
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Leighton


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Suggested Readings for the name Leighton



  • 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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820

Other References

  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  11. ...

The Leighton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leighton 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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