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

The name Middleton is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in one of the many places called Middleton throughout England. The surname Middleton belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Middleton are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Middleton include: Middleton, Middelton, Midleton and others.

First found in Westmorland where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Middleton research. Another 319 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1296, 1556, 1586, 1580, 1627, 1586, 1666, 1608, 1673, 1636, 1614, 1629, 1589, 1662, 1640, 1660, 1550, 1631, 1586, 1666, 1624, 1663, 1651, 1684, 1679, 1681, 1655, 1716, 1685, 1705, 1649, 1719, 1682 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Middleton History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 453 words(32 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Middleton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Middleton or a variant listed above:

Middleton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Antony Middleton, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Anthony Middleton, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Charles Middleton, who landed in Maryland in 1633
  • Charles Middleton, who arrived in Virginia in 1633
  • Charles Middleton, who settled in Maryland in 1633

Middleton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Middleton, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Eliza Middleton, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Alexander Middleton, who arrived in Boston in 1734
  • Alexander Middleton, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1734

Middleton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James M Middleton, aged 27, landed in Rhode Island in 1812
  • Samuel Middleton, who landed in America in 1824
  • Fancy Middleton, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1826
  • Robert Middleton, who arrived in New York in 1839
  • David Middleton, who arrived in New York in 1843


  • Charles B. Middleton (1879-1949), American actor
  • George Middleton (1880-1967), American playwright
  • Robert Middleton (1911-1977), American actor
  • Brigadier-General John William Middleton (1897-1957), American Military Attaché to India (1947-1950)
  • Lieutenant-General Troy Houston Middleton (1889-1976), American Commanding General VIII Corps, North-West Europe (1944-1945)
  • David Maxwell "Max" Middleton (b. 1946), English composer and keyboardist
  • Mr. M.V. Middleton (d. 1912), aged 24, English Saloon Steward from London, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Ian Middleton (1928-2007), New Zealand novelist
  • Stanley Middleton (b. 1919), British novelist
  • Richard "Rick" Middleton (b. 1953), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player



  • The Middletons and Kindred Families of Southern Maryland by Daniel B. Lloyd.
  • A Record of the Descendants of John Brown by Rohease Brown Cook.

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  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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  7. 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.
  8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Middleton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Middleton 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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