- this week

Gender: Male Meaning of Dalton: "the settlement in the valley" Origin of Dalton: English Dalton's Popularity in 2017: #371

The name Dalton is a boy's name of English origin meaning "the settlement in the valley". Dalton is ranked #371 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Popular English Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose... Name Game- BOYS".

From the experts:

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. It also has something of an upscale, preppy feel connected to the exclusive New York private school.

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 was an 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."

Find other names based on Dalton using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Dalton

(James) Dalton Trumbo, American screenwriter and author
Dalton Edward Gray, American actor
Dalton James, American actor
Dalton James Patrick McGuinty, Canadian premier of Ontario
Dalton Arthur Bales, Canadian cabinet minister
Dalton Castle, ring name of Brett Giehl, American pro wrestler
Dalton Clark Conley, American sociologist
Dalton Sargeant, American NASCAR driver
Dalton Louis Rapattoni, American singer ("American Idol")
Dalton Abbott, American actor; son of actress Linda Hamilton
Dalton Mills, son of actor Judson Mills
The Dalton Gang, a family of both lawmen and outlaws in the American Old West during the late 1800's
John Dalton, English Physicist called "Father of Atomic Theory"
Timothy Dalton, British actor
Brett Dalton, American actor
Jacob Dalton, American artistic gymnast

Pop Culture References for the name Dalton

Dalton Russell, character in the 2006 film "Inside Man"
Dalton, a minor character in The Hunger Games series
Dalton Madigan, a minor character in The Looking Glass Wars series
Dalton, minor character on TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Dalton, non-playable main character in video game Chrono Trigger
Dalton, character in anime "One Piece"
Dalton Lambert, character from the film "Insidious"
James Dalton (known as Dalton), character in the 1989 movie "Road House"
The Dalton School, a prestigious private school in New York City
Dalton Academy, a private all-boys school on the television show "Glee"

Daleton, Daltan, Dallton, Daltun, Dalten


TechnoKitten Says:


I love it,so pretty!

headintheclouds Says:


Dalton does give off a very preppy and buttoned-up image. I really like Dalton; it just sounds very smooth to my ears. It rolls off the tongue and makes me think of a smooth rounded stone in a brook.

MarisaRath Says:


This is my sons name, and I'm laughing at the below statement Dolphin. That's what my oldest son used to call Dalton. But it didn't last that long. When I named him 14 years ago I was not aware that it was trending big time in iur area.

autumnreverie Says:


I babysat a boy whose brother was named this and he couldn't pronounce it. He was known as "Dolphin.''

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Very handsome!