Payten is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Payten family lived in Sussex
, at Peyton, a small town near Boxford from whence their name derives.
Early Origins of the Payten family
The surname Payten was first found in Suffolk
where "the Peytons have a common descent with the Uffords, afterwards Earls of Suffolk
, from the great Baron
William Mallet, who came hither at the Conquest. The first of the family who assumed the surname was Reginald de Peyton, lord of Peyton in the parish of Boxford, co. Suffolk, in which county, at Isleham, in later centuries, his descendants were very eminent. In medieval charters, this surname was latinized De Pavilliano and Pietonus." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
Later some of the family were found at Doddington in Cambridgeshire
. " The manor was one of the ancient estates of the church of Ely, and was alienated by Bishop Heton to the crown in 1600; it soon afterwards became the property of the Peytons, who appear to have been settled here nearly a century before, as lessees of the bishop. John Peyton was created a Baronet
in 1660, and dying without issue, his next brother, Algernon, was advanced to the same dignity in 1666. The title again becoming extinct in 1771, on the death of Sir Thomas Peyton, who was the last male heir of the family, Henry Dashwood, Esq., whose father had married a daughter of Sir Sewster Peyton, succeeded to the estate, took the name of Peyton by act of parliament, and was created a baronet in 1776." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
There is a small chapelry named Peyton in Devon
in the parish and hundred
of Bampton, union of Tiverton and this may be a later branch of the family.
Early History of the Payten family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Payten research.Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1544, 1630, 1588, 1657, 1593, 1604, 1595, 1626, 1623, 1613, 1684, 1640, 1644, 1661, 1679, 1622, 1607, 1604, 1657, 1621, 1622, 1624, 1626, 1749 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Payten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Payten Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Peyton, Payton and others.
Early Notables of the Payten family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Peyton (1544-1630), English soldier and Governor of Jersey from Isleham, Cambridgeshire; and his son, Sir Edward Peyton (1588-1657), English parliamentarian, High Sheriff
of the Cambridgeshire
in 1593 and 1604.
Thomas Peyton (1595-1626), was an English poet from Royston, Cambridgeshire
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Migration of the Payten family to Ireland
Some of the Payten family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Payten family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Payten or a variant listed above: Henry Payton, who settled in Virginia in 1623; Robert Payton, who came to Virginia in 1634; Peter Payton, who settled in Virginia in 1636; George Peyton settled in Virginia in 1748.
The Payten Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Patior, potior
Motto Translation: I endure, I enjoy