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Gender: M Meaning of Dalton: "the settlement in the valley" Origin of Dalton: English Dalton's Popularity in 2013: #311

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Dalton is a name with multi-faceted appeal. Many are attracted to the name's resemblance to other two-syllable n-ending favorites: Colton, Holden, and cousins, others see it as a trendy Western name, recalling the legendary Dalton Brothers gang, and it also has something of an upscale, preppy feel connected to the exclusive New York private school. A Top 100 name in the 1990s, Dalton is still chosen by about 1,200 parents a year.

. The most well known bearer of the name is blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, but there have been a number of high-profile fictional Daltons as well. Dalton Rumba is a current adult character on Glee, Clive Owen played a Dalton in Inside Man, there was a scholarly Dalton on Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, and Patrick Swayze opened the film Roadhouse by stating "My name is Dalton Russell."

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Famous People Named Dalton

Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), American screenwriter and author
Dalton Gray, American actor
Dalton James, American actor
Dalton McGuinty, Canadian premier
Dalton Bales, Canadian cabinet minister
Dalton Conley, American sociologist
The Dalton Gang, a family of both lawmen and outlaws in the American Old West during the late 1800's
Dalton Rapattoni, American musician
John Dalton, English Physicist called 'Father of Atomic Theory'
Timothy Dalton, British actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Dalton

Dalton Russell, character in the 2006 film 'Inside Man'
James Dalton (called Dalton), character in the 1989 movie 'Road House'
Dalton, a minor character and rebel in the book 'Mockingjay' of 'The Hunger Games' book trilogy
The Dalton School, a prestigious private school in New York City
Dalton Academy, a private all-boys school on the television show 'Glee'
Dalton Madigan, a minor character in 'The Looking Glass Wars' book series

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