Walton Surname Origin
(English Locality). 1) The name of several villages in England, from wald, a wood, and ton. 2) (British or Welsh) 'Wal' and 'ton' meaning town. 'Ton' is not Saxon but rather one of the few surviving Brythonic words in the English language. Several small Briton kingdoms or enclaves survived into the Anglo-Saxon era, notably Elmet which would roughly correspond to Leeds in Yorkshire and it's western environs. There are several small settlements in this area bearing the name 'Walton' This second definition is accepted by most scholars today.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
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