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Etymology & Historical Origin - Dalton
Dalton is the transferred use of an English surname from the Olde English “dæl” meaning ‘valley’ and “tūn” meaning ‘enclosure, settlement’. The surname developed as a place name for a person from a village located in a valley. There are several places in England so-called Dalton in the counties of Durham, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Northumberland – valleys within hilly districts. Many of the Daltons (Daultons, Daughtons and Dawtons) were from the aristocracy and landholders from these areas. The first recorded spelling of this surname dates back to the 13th century. Dalton has been in use as a forename since at least the 19th century.
Popularity of the Name Dalton
Dalton is one of those surnames that has been used as a forename in America longer than most. The name first showed up on the U.S. popularity charts in 1881 and really just bounced around the charts for the next several decades. It wasn’t until the late 1980s that Dalton started to show real promise. This is right around the time that surnames as first names were becoming all the rage. The height of Dalton’s popularity was between 1994 and 2001 when it managed to eke out a spot on the Top 100 list of most favored boy names. In the past ten years, however, Dalton has been showing backwards momentum on the charts. His day in the sun may be behind him at this point. Dalton is still shining bright in the states of Kentucky and West Virginia, however, where the name is a Top 100 favorite. Like Colton, Braxton or Kingston, Dalton is one of those surnames with a masculine edge. It also has an aristocratic air originating from the early name bearers. Dalton has also been around for longer than most making it more of a traditional choice compared to some of his other surname competitors.
Popularity of the Boy Name Dalton
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Dalton
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Dalton
Dalton We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Dalton.
Popular Songs on Dalton
Doolin-Dalton - a song by the Eagles
Children's Books on the Baby Name Dalton
Dalton's Darn Dog: The Sound of D (Joanne D. Meier) - Learn about the sound of the letter D, as Dalton teaches his dog, Dalton, to play a game rather than dig up his mom's flower garden. Recommended for ages 3-7.
Lucky Luke Series (Maurice De Bevere and René Goscinny) - Lucky Luke is a Franco-Belgian comics series created by Belgian cartoonist, Maurice De Bevere better known as Morris, the original artist, and was for one period written by René Goscinny. Set in the American Old West, it stars the titular character, Lucky Luke, the wandering cowboy capable of drawing a gun faster than his shadow, fights crime and injustice, most often in the form of the bumbling Dalton brothers, Joe, William, Jack and Averell, and sometimes even their mother, Ma Dalton. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Dalton
Famous People Named Dalton - Dalton Baldwin (pianist); Dalton Hilliard (football player); Dalton James (actor); Dalton Jones (baseball player); Dalton McGuinty (Canadian politician); Dalton Trumbo (author/screenwriter)
Children of Famous People Named Dalton
Famous People Who Named Their Son Dalton - J. Eddie Peck (daytime actor)
Dalton - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Dalton - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Dalton.
Personality of the Boy Name Dalton
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Dalton