Afton: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Afton
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Afton comes in part from a geological term,'aftonian'-coming from the ice;relating to glaciers. There is a beautiful 5-pointed valley in Wyoming called Star Valley that was formed by a glacier's melting. One of the little towns there is called Afton.
Many people started naming their girls "Afton" after mis-hearing "I laughed and she'd smile" as "Afton she'd smile" in the song "Mandolin Rain" by Bruce Hornsby.
There's also a mountain and a town named Afton in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. There are several vineyards and a B&B there.
This is also a boy's name.
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Afton is a Swedish word meaning 'afternoon' or 'evening'.
The famous Scottish poet,Robert Burns,wrote a love sonnet featuring a small river named Afton. This is only the first verse.
Flow gently, sweet Afton, among thy green braes!
Flow gently, I'll sing thee a song in thy praise!
My Mary's asleep by the murmuring stream --
Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream!
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The only Afton I've seen isn't exactly famous. Afton Skye DelGrosso is a dancer and has performed on Dancing with the Stars. Her sister, Ashly DelGrosso has competed on that show several times.
Afton Smith is an actress, known for Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), George of the Jungle (1997) and Reality Bites (1994). She was previously married to Brendan Fraser.
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Flow Gently Sweet Afton - most recently performed by Nickel Creek, but apparently it was a pretty popular schoolhouse song in the mid 1800s or so.