Pronounced Pron. ay-air-ten, AIR-ton
Other Forms FormsAyrten (Feminine), Ayerton, Airton
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Contributor Contrib.anonymous on 4/28/2006
From a surname which was originally taken from the name of Airton in Yorkshire, which meant "farmstead on the (river) Aire" (Aire itself was probably a Celtic or pre-Celtic river-name meaning literally "strongly flowing"). The French author Jules Verne used this (as the surname of a Scottish character) in his novels 'In Search of the Castaways' (1868) and 'The Mysterious Island' (1874). A known surname bearer was British artist and writer Michael Ayrton (1921-75). This was also the name of Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna (1960-1994). Different spellings by fellow Brazilian, Airton Dare.