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

The origins of the Carrington name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived at Carrington, in the county of Cheshire.


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Carrington were recorded, including Carrington, Carington, Kerrington, Karrington, Kerington, Carinton and many more.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times. It is thought that the first of the name in Britain was Norman Hamo de Carenton of Normandy, who came to Britain as a young attendant to his Uncle at Hastings in 1066 A.D., and was rewarded for his services by grants of land in county of Chester. The place named Carrington, Cheshire is then said to have evolved from the family's name.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carrington research. Another 267 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1219, 1294, and 1296 are included under the topic Early Carrington History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Carrington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Carrington family emigrate to North America:

Carrington Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Carrington settled in New England in 1632
  • Edward Carrington settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1632
  • Thomas Carrington, who landed in America in 1632
  • Jo Carrington, aged 33, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Mary Carrington, aged 33, landed in New England in 1635

Carrington Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Tho Carrington, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Isaac Carrington, who landed in Virginia in 1717
  • George Carrington, who arrived in Virginia in 1723
  • Daniel Carrington, who arrived in America in 1760-1763

Carrington Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Douglass Carrington, aged 23, landed in Maryland in 1812
  • James Carrington, aged 37, arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • J Carrington, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Joseph Carrington, who arrived in Iowa in 1872


  • Chuck Carrington (b. 1968), American film and television actor
  • Terri Lyne Carrington (b. 1965), American jazz drummer, composer, and record producer
  • Rodney Scott Carrington (b. 1968), American stand-up comedian, actor, and country music artist
  • Henry Beebee Carrington (1824-1912), United States Army officer and historian
  • Debbie Lee Carrington (b. 1959), American actress and stuntwoman
  • Brigadier-General Gordon De L. Carrington (1894-1944), American Commanding Officer 62nd Antiaircraft Artillery Brigade (1943-1944)
  • Matthew Hadrian Marshall Carrington (b. 1947), English Conservative Member of Parliament for Fulham from 1987 to 1997
  • Peter Alexander Rupert Carrington (b. 1919), English politician and the sixth Secretary General of NATO from 1984 to 1988
  • Richard Christopher Carrington (1826-1875), English astronomer
  • Michael Carrington (b. 1961), British broadcasting executive



  • A Brief Historical Sketch of the Carrington Family by John Claiborne Carrington.

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The Carrington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carrington 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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