Further to my message posted January 2001. I have discovered a little more.
We were originally from the Norman Village of Auton and were Feudal Lords there. Not sure the French would appreciate us turning up and reclaiming the land though. Any way our family can be traced back to about 1100 / 1150, possibly further. We came over to Ireland at the request of the English King Henry II who was trying to extend his lands into Ireland at this time. (any one who wants to know more of this period can contact me at email@example.com
) So we went over with Strongbow who was a fantastic and ruthless commander to subdue the Irish. The deal in these days was the if you fought for the King and extended his lands then you got to keep them and virtually ruled them as yours only if you acknowledged the king as your liege.
So we set ourselves up in what is Modern day Kerry...but something went wrong, not sure what and we lost our lands, slipping into the local population. Again not sure when this happened......prob mid13th century.
So what about our name. Well it is custom for Lords, knights, and Barons in France to have a D' before their name. It is atrue sign of nobility.....like D'Arcy for Jane Austin's Pride and Predjudice. This was followed by the name of land, because ownership meant so much more in those days. You the Lord quite literally were the land hence your name being the name if your town. Owning the villagfe and surrounding area of Auton our name was D'Auton. After things went wrong in southern Ireland the name became corrupted by the local speakers. The apostrophy was dropped and as with most irish names a G and a H slipped in. Thus we have our family origins and the origin and development of our name.....DAUGHTON.
How cool is all that? Feel free to contact me. (firstname.lastname@example.org
) I'm aware that most Daughtons left Ireland in the 1830's and 40's for the USA. I am from the only strand in England and only third generation.