The name ‘Clayton’ originates from England. It is derived from the habitational name from any of the various places, County Durham, Norfolk, and North Yorkshire, so called from the genitive case of the Old English personal name ‘Clacc’ or Old Norman ‘Klakkr’ and Old English ‘tun’ meaning enclosure, settlement. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Clayton’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 13th century were a ‘Hamo de Cleyton’, from Buckinghamshire, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definately determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘Henry Clayton’, aged 36, a Schoolmaster by trade, from the city of London, England, emigrated to North America in 1774. He sailed from the Port of London aboard the ship named the ‘Etty’ on the 25th of December 1773, arriving in Mar… Coat of arms: Argent on a cross sable between four pellets…
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