Afton Name Meaning & Origin
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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.
In the Scandinavian languages, Afton (Swedish), Aften (Norwegian and Danish), is the word for evening.
- Personal experiences with the name Afton
An old teacher that I grew to be very close with has her sister now working with her and her name is Afton. It is such a beautiful name and suits her perfectly. Her sister, or my teacher, calls her 'Aftie' which I think is very pretty and suits her happy lifestyle. A very unique name that Im in love with.
One of my best friends name is Afton and it's a really pretty name. She's named after the river in Scotland, there's even a song! You can have a lot of cool nicknames and it's just a very elegant name.
My name is Afton and personally I don’t like it much. I find there are no nicknames that actually sound good and it kind of sucks because it’s just a weird name.
- Nicknames for Afton
- Meanings and history of the name Afton
Afton is a Swedish word meaning 'afternoon' or 'evening'.
From the Afton river. Habitational name from a place called Afton, examples of which are found in Devon and on the Isle of Wight.
Afton is the name of a small Scottish river; Robert Burns' poem "Sweet Afton" made it famous.
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!
- Famous real-life people named Afton
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.
- Afton in song, story & screen
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.