Dayton Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Dayton Origin:


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

Notable People:

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.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

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