Dayton Family CrestThe English surname Dayton, chiefly found in Yorkshire, is an habitational name from any of several places in Yorkshire named Deighton, from the Old English terms dic meaning “ditch or dyke” and tun meaning “settlement, or enclosure,” or “The settlement surrounded by a dyke or moat." The first record of the name is in 1204 whenThomas de Dicton is registered in the "Assize Court rolls of Yorkshire." A notable bearer of the name was Jonathan Dayton signer of the United States Constitution. 

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