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The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Mitton family name to the British Isles. They lived in Shropshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Moutons, in Calvados, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

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Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Mytton, Mutton, Myreton, Myrton, Mouton, Myttins, Mitton and many more.

First found in Shropshire. However, the parish of Little Mitton in Lancashire played an important role in the family's lineage. "It gave name as early as the time of Richard I. to a knightly family, of whom Sir Ralphe de Little Mitton is mentioned in the Townley MSS." [1] "Aighton [in Lancashire], under the name of Halghton, was granted by Ilbert de Lacy, prior to 1102, with other lands, to a family who is supposed to have taken the surname of Mitton." [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mitton research. Another 245 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1373, 1565, 1637, 1604, 1624, 1597 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Mitton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mitton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Mitton or a variant listed above were:

Mitton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Roger Mitton, who arrived in Virginia in 1692

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  • Bernard Mitton (b. 1954), South African-born, American professional male tennis player
  • John "Jack" Mitton (1895-1983), English professional footballer
  • Geraldine Edith "G. E." Mitton (1868-1955), English novelist, biographer, editor, and guide-book writer
  • Randy Mitton (b. 1950), Canadian retired National Hockey League linesman from Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • Grant Mitton, Australian field hockey player at the 1984 Summer Olympics
  • David Nelson Godfrey Mitton (1939-2008), British two-time BAFTA nominated television producer and director, best known for directing and producing Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends
  • Trent Mitton (b. 1990), Australian field hockey player


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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Mitton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mitton 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.

This page was last modified on 8 March 2016 at 14:30.

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