Origin of the Name Payton
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Meaning 'the son of Patrick', Payton is a baptismal name. Variants include Paton, Patton, Padon, Pate, Patt, Patey, Patten and Peyton. This name is of Scottish descent spreading to Ireland , England and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a David Paton and Jane Blair, who were married in Saint Georges, Hanover Square, in the year 1774. An Edward Patten and Dorothy Wainforde were granted a marriage licence in London, in the year 1583. The American General George Patton, 1885-1945, traces his heritage back to Robert Patton, who had emigrated from Scotland , to Virginia, in 1770. In Ireland these names are often of immigrant origin, especially in Ulster Province, where they were introduced from Scotland during the seventeenth century. Payton can also be of Irish origin, being an anglicized form of the native Gaelic O'Peatain sept of County Donegal, on record in Ballybofey since the year 1178.
The Payton coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Payton descendants.