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The LAYTONsurnameUK Surname Project


This project has been initiated primarily to help sort out the numerous branches of the LAYTON (Laton, Leighton, etc) family that existed in NORFOLK, England, during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Are the branches related, with common ancestors, or are they quite separate genetically? The Layton surname may have derived from several village place names in different parts of England and Wales [e.g. East & West La(y)ton in North Yorkshire; Layton in Durham & Lancashire; Leighton in Shropshire, Powys & Somerset; even Leiston in Suffolk]. It is known that at least one family of Latons migrated from the Yorkshire villages to Norwich in the 17th century. Unfortunately, families who adopted the same place name (often during the Middle Ages) were not necessarily related by blood, so that their DNA profiles could be completely different. What we need are Y-DNA comparisons with more Layton group members, especially those Laytons who can trace their ancestry back to Norfolk, but even other Laytons with origins outside the county. As the Family Tree DNA database is growing day-by-day, more opportunities for comparisons will become available for tracking family origins. Please join us!



Other surnames in Project

Laiton, Laton, Latten, Laydon, Layston, Layton, Leighton, Leiston, Leydon, Leyston, Leyton, Lighton

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