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Peyton is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Peyton family lived in Sussex, at Peyton, a small town near Boxford from whence their name derives.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Peyton include Peyton, Payton and others.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peyton 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 Peyton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Peyton 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.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Peytons to arrive on North American shores:

Peyton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Henry Peyton, who landed in Virginia in 1659
  • Thomas Peyton, who landed in Maryland in 1665
  • Valentine Peyton, who arrived in Virginia in 1665
  • Richard Peyton, who landed in Maryland in 1676
  • Robert Peyton, who arrived in Virginia in 1694

Peyton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • George Peyton settled in Virginia in 1748
  • Anne Peyton settled in Virginia in 1761

Peyton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Ann Peyton, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1826
  • William R Peyton, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • John Peyton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866

Peyton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Stanley Peyton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • Selina Peyton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860

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  • Tony Peyton (1922-2007), American member of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team
  • Malcolm Peyton (b. 1932), American composer, concert director, conductor, and teacher
  • Joseph Hopkins Peyton (1808-1845), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee (1843-1845)
  • Jane Peyton (1870-1946), American Broadway lead and supporting actress
  • Herbert Hill "Herb" Peyton (b. 1932), American entrepreneur and founder of Gate Petroleum in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Dave Peyton (1885-1955), American songwriter, pianist, arranger and orchestra leader
  • Caroline Peyton (b. 1951), American singer and songwriter
  • Benton E. "Benny" Peyton (1890-1965), American jazz drummer
  • Balie Peyton (1803-1878), American lawyer and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee (1833-1837)
  • Rev. Fr. Patrick Peyton (1909-1992), Irish-born, American priest, also known as The Rosary Priest

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  • The Peytons of Virginia by Peyton Society of Virginia.
  • Yelverton Payton by Mary Evelyn Cook Treadway.
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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

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Peyton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Peyton 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.

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