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Origins Available: English, Irish

Where did the English Harrington family come from? What is the English Harrington family crest and coat of arms? When did the Harrington family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Harrington family history?

The ancestors of the Harrington surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived at a local named Harrington, in Cumberland. Today, Harrington is on the Cumbrian coast with a population of about 5000. There is a small hamlet named Harrington in Lincolnshire and a small village and civil parish in Northamptonshire so named. The name was derived from the Old English Hoeferingtun which meant "settlement associated with Hoefer" or "settlement on stony ground". [1]


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Harrington include Harrington, Harington and others.

First found in Cumberland, where the first record of the name was Robert de Heverington in the reign of Richard I (1189-1199). William de Harinton was listed in the Assize Rolls on Lancashire in 1202 and Richard de Harington was listed in the Rotuli Hundredorum of 1274. John Harington was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327. [2] A few years later, Ricardus de Heryngton was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax records of 1379. [3]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harrington research. Another 229 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1275, 1674, 1347, 1328, 1363, 1357, 1406, 1607, 1680, 1646, 1653, 1654, 1655, 1627, 1700, 1654, 1611, 1677 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Harrington History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 153 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Harrington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Harrington family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Harrington Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Harrington who arrived in Virginia in 1606
  • Thomas Harrington settled in Maryland in 1633
  • Elias Harrington settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Elias Harrington, aged 22, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Harrington, who arrived in Maryland in 1635

Harrington Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • James Harrington, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1768

Harrington Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Harrington, who landed in Alexandria, Va in 1818
  • C. Harrington settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1822
  • Michael Harrington, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1840
  • Bridget Harrington settled in Boston in 1850
  • Joseph Harrington, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • Al Harrington (b. 1935), American television actor
  • Doug Harrington (1966-2006), American heavy metal guitarist
  • Donald Szantho Harrington (1914-2005), American politician and religious leader
  • Jay H. Harrington III (b. 1971), American actor
  • Mr. Charles Henry Harrington (d. 1912), aged 37, American First Class passenger from Washington, D.C. who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Daniel J. Harrington (1940-2014), American professor of New Testament and chair of the Biblical Studies Department at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
  • Hastings Edward Harrington VC (1832-1861), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Richard Harrington (b. 1975), Welsh actor
  • Richard Harrington (1911-2005), German-Canadian photographer
  • Richard Charles Harrington (1956-2004), British physician and psychologist



  • Harrington-Heath Heritage: Ancestors and Descendants (1600-1984) of Oramel Warren Harrington and Martha C. Heath by Ruth Haddox Harrington.
  • The Ancestry of Marie Louise Harrington and Her Bagley Descendants by David Harrington Bagley.

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  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  11. ...

The Harrington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Harrington Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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