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.
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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.
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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.