Dayton Coat of Arms
Click below to change main image
Which coat of arms or "family crest" is mine?
Choose the design you like best, just your ancestors did when they painted these symbols on the shields they carried into battle and displayed in their homes. These coats of arms are real, historical works of art/culture dating back as far as 1100AD. Most of these designs were compiled and documented by genealogists and heraldists in large books published in the nineteenth century. These arms were owned by individuals who bore your surname, and were passed down through the generations from father to son, earning the monicker "family crest".
Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Dayton Name
Origins of Dayton:
The surname of Dayton is said to be that of a locational surname stemming from locations throughout the country of England. This means that it was often taken by the Lord or owner of the land from which the name derives. Others who may have take a locational surname are people who have migrated out of the area to seek out work. The easiest way to identify someone who was a stranger at that time was by the name of their birthplace. In the case of the surname of Dayton, the locations from which those who bear this surname are named can be found within the country of England. The place from which the surname of Dayton is created is recorded as “Distone” in the Doomsday Book of 1086. The Doomsday Book of 1086 was created to cover the “Great Survey” of England. The word itself derives from the Old English Pre 7th Century word of “dic” which can be translated to mean “a ditch” or “a dyke,” and the addition of the suffix of “tun” which can be translated to mean a “farm” or a “settlement.” Thus, the surname of Dayton, as derived from Distone, can be translated to mean “a settlement surrounded by a dyke or a moat.” Thus, the surname of Dayton is also said to be a topographical surname. A topographical surname is used to describe someone who lived on or near a residential landmark. This landmark could be either man made or natural, and would have been easily identifiable in the area from which it hailed, thus making the people who lived near it easily distinguished. In the case of the surname of Dayton, those who were originally given this surname were said to live on or near a settlement that was surrounded by a dyke or a moat.
More common variations are: Deayton, Daytona, Dayaton, Daytonn, Doayton, Daayton, Daiyton, Dyton, Daton, Datonwne, Deaton, Dawton, Tayton, Datton, Dauton
The first recorded spelling of the surname od Dayton can be traced to the country of England. One person by the name of Thomas de Dicton was mentioned in the document known as the Assize Court Rolls of the county of Yorkshire in the year of 1204. This document was ordered, decreed and written under the reign of one King John I of England, who was known throughout the ages as one “Lackland.” King John I of England ruled from the year of 1199 to the year of 1216.
United States of America:
The European Migration was a large movement of European citizens to the United States of America. These citizens were often displeased with the state of the governments in the countries of their birth, and migrated to the United States in search of a better life for them and their families. Among those who migrated to the United States was one Ralph Dayton, who arrived in the area of New Haven, Connecticut in the year of 1630, making him the first recorded person to bear the surname of Dayton in the United States.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Dayton: United States 10,865; Canada 426; England 215; Germany 134; Australia 121; Brazil 111; South Africa 91; Russia 31; Scotland 26; Zimbabwe 24; Ukraine 6, Hong Kong 3
Bruce Bliss Dayton (1918-2015) who was a businessman, retail executive, businessman, and philanthropist, and who served as the CEO of the Dayton Hudson Corporation, which is more commonly known as the Target Corporation, and who was a retail executive from America.
George Draper Dayton (1857-1938) who was a businessman and philanthropist from America.
William Lewis Dayton (1807-1864) who served as a United States Senator from the state of New Jersey from the year of 1842 to the year of 1851, and who was a politician from America.
Mark Dayton (born in 1947) who served as a United States Senator from the state of Minnesota from the year of 2001 to the year of 2007, and who has served as the 40th Governor of the state of Minnesota from the year of 2011 to present, and who is a politician from America.
Alston Gordon Dayton (1857-1920) who served as a United States Representative from West Virginia in the 2nd District from the year of 1895 to the year of 1905, and who served as a U.S. District Judge for the state of West Virginia in the year of 1905, and who was a Republican politician from America.
Dayton Coat of Arms Meaning
The two main devices (symbols) in the Dayton blazon are the annulet and cup. The two main tinctures (colors) are or and gules.
The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.1Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 2A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.3Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.
Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”4The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 5Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52. Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).6A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154
For easy recognition of the items on a coat of arms, and hence the quick identification of the owner, bold simple shapes are best. Hence, simple geometric shapes are often used for this purpose 7A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P146xz`, and the annulet is a good example, being a circular ring of any colour. They also appear interlaced or one within the other, both of which are very pleasing additions. Wade believes that these were one of the symbols of ancient pilgrims. 8The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P19
Cups of all kinds have been popular charges on coats of arms since at least the 14th century. 9A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Cup In appearance and description they range from simple drinking pots (GERIARE of Lincoln – Argent three drinking pots sable) to covered cups, more like chalices in appearance. 10A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P288. These were borne by the BUTLER family in reference to their name and Wade suggests that their appearance may also refer to holy communinion within the church. 11The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P117