Oltoun History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Oltoun came to England with the ancestors of the Oltoun family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Oltoun family lived in Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire, where they held lands and estates for many years. They were granted these lands by William the Conqueror for their efforts at the Norman Conquest in 1066. The name is habitational in derivation, and comes from the Old English awiell, which means spring, and tun, which means enclosure or settlement.
Early Origins of the Oltoun family
The surname Oltoun was first found in Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, and Lancashire. Of the latter, we found more records than the other branches. At first, the family held estates at Bispham, a village within the borough of Blackpool as far back as the 14th century. Roger Dalton had thirteen children by four wives. Of note was Lawrence Dalton who died in 1561 and was an officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. This branch also held estates at Thurnham, again in Lancashire. "The manor was subsequently held by Thomas Lonne, citizen and grocer of London, who, in the reign of Philip and Mary, sold it to the Daltons, of Bispham, which family continues to possess nearly the whole township." 
Important Dates for the Oltoun family
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Oltoun Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Oltoun has been recorded under many different variations, including Alton, Allton, Allten, Alten, Altoun, Althoun, Althan, Althaun, Aulton, Dalton and many more.
Early Notables of the Oltoun family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Oltoun family to Ireland
Some of the Oltoun family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Oltoun family
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Oltouns were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Alexander, Anthony, James and Richard Alton all arrived in Philadelphia between 1850 and 1860.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.