This English surname of DAYNTON was a locational name meaning 'one of Dainton' a spot in Ippleden in County Devon. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land and indicated where he actually lived. The name literally meant the dweller at the tun of Dodda's people, (the tun originally denoting a fence, later developing to mean an enclosure or homestead. The earliest of the name on record appears to be Symon de Daynton, who was documented in 1352 in County Devon. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards. Other records of the name include William Daynton of Yorkshire, who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379, and William Daynton appears in County Wiltshire in 1402. Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.
The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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