The name Peighton was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Peighton family lived in Sussex
, at Peyton, a small town near Boxford from whence their name derives.
Early Origins of the Peighton family
The surname Peighton 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 Peighton family
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Peighton Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Peighton have been found, including Peyton, Payton and others.
Early Notables of the Peighton family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Peyton (1544-1630), English soldier and Governor of Jersey; Sir Samuel Peyton, 1st Baronet
, of Knowlton, Kent
, (d. 1623); his son, Sir Thomas Peyton, 2nd Baronet
(1613-1684), an English politician, Member of Parliament for... Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Peighton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Peighton family to Ireland
Some of the Peighton family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Peighton family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Peighton were among those contributors: 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 Peighton 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