Dayton
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The surname DAYTON is a variation of DEIGHTON, derived from the Danish, and originally meant the enclosure of the farm surrounded by the dike. The dike was usually used for the purpose of defense.
-- seandayton  4/28/2005
I researched this name quite a bit before I gave it to my son. And all the origins I found stated that it means Illuminated Town (Day Town)/Illuminated One or David's Town. Never heard of a ditch town. I like it because it's original and unusual for a name.
-- mamapunkerdoo  3/5/2008

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