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The ancestors of the Payton family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Sussex, at Peyton, a small town near Boxford from whence their name derives.


The surname Payton 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." [1] [2] 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." [3] 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.

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Payton were recorded, including Peyton, Payton and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Payton research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1544, 1630, 1623, 1613, 1684, 1640, 1644, 1661, 1679, 1657, 1621 and 1624 are included under the topic Early Payton History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 153 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Payton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Payton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Payton arrived in North America very early:

Payton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Payton, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Henry Payton, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Robert Payton, who came to Virginia in 1634
  • Peter Payton, aged 22, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Robert Payton, aged 25, landed in Virginia in 1635

Payton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Stephen Payton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1731-1735

Payton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Payton, aged 22, landed in Rhode Island in 1812
  • Seymore B Payton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Patrick Payton, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1853

Payton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Payton arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "James Lister" in 1865


  • Larry Payton (d. 2016), American R&B drummer for Brass Construction
  • John A. Payton (1946-2012), African-American civil rights attorney
  • Elfrid Payton (b. 1967), American retired CFL all-star football player, inductee into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, 2010
  • Jason Lee "Jay" Payton (b. 1972), American former Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1998 to 2010
  • Khary Payton (b. 1972), American actor, known for his voice work and his portrayal as Dr. Terrell Jackson on the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital
  • Barbara Lee Payton (1927-1967), born Barbara Lee Redfield, an American film actress who was the subject of several books about her very difficult personal life with alcohol and drug addiction
  • Nicholas Payton (b. 1973), American Grammy Award winning trumpet and keyboard player from New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Patrick Sean Payton (b. 1963), American NFL football head coach for the New Orleans Saints
  • Lawrence Albert Payton (1938-1997), American tenor, songwriter, vocal arranger and record producer for the Four Tops
  • Abraham L. Payton, American Republican politician, Chair of Rensselaer County Republican Party, 1910



  • Yelverton Payton by Mary Evelyn Cook Treadway.

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


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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

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  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Payton Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Payton 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 7 April 2016 at 10:04.

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