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The age-old Pictish-Scottish family name Naughton is derived from the Pictish name Nechtan. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Neachdainn, which means son of Nechtan.

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The surname Naughton was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they held lands at Lochow and Loch Fyne, called Glenera, Glenshira, and Glen Fyne.

In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Naughton has appeared MacNaughton, McNachton, MacNaghten, MacNechten, Notton, Norton and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Naughton research. Another 248 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1247, 1431, 1438, 1565, 1614, 1627, and 1691 are included under the topic Early Naughton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Naughton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Naughton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Naughton:

Naughton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Malcom Naughton, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • Dennis Naughton, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1846
  • Catherine Naughton, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1848

Naughton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Anna Marie Naughton, who settled in Illinois in 1941

Naughton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Capt. Andrew Naughton U.E. who settled in Grand River, [Eastern District], Quebec c. 1784 he was a Captain in the Pioneers
  • Mr. Philander Naughton U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784
  • Andrew Naughton, who came to Canada in 1796

Naughton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John Naughton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1810
  • Laurence Naughton, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway
  • Thomas Naughton, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway

Naughton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Edward Naughton, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia
  • Ellen Naughton, aged 30, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"
  • John Naughton, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Omega"
  • Matthew Naughton, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Omega"
  • John Naughton, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Nugget"

Naughton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Naughton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Owen Glendowner" in 1864
  • Mary Naughton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Owen Glendowner" in 1864
  • Elizabeth Naughton, aged 44, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
  • Owen Naughton, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
  • Joseph Naughton, aged 5, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878


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  • James W. Naughton (1840-1898), American architect
  • Vice Admiral Richard Joseph Naughton (1946-2011), Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy (2002 to 2003)
  • Robert "Bobby" Naughton (b. 1944), American jazz vibraphonist
  • John H. Naughton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1916
  • John Naughton, American Republican politician, Candidate for Maryland State House of Delegates District 19, 1998
  • James R. Naughton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1948
  • Harold Naughton Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 2008
  • Edward F. Naughton, American Democrat politician, Member of Alaska State House of Representatives 12th District, 1973-74
  • E. Slattery Naughton, American Democrat politician, Elected Rhode Island State House of Representatives 21st District 2002
  • Daniel J. Naughton, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 18th District, 1919, 1920

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