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

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Ethington surname lived in Atherton in the county of Lancashire.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Ethington 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. The variations of the name Ethington include: Atherton, Atheron and others.

First found in Lancashire where one of the first records of the name was Robert de Atherton who was Sheriff of Lancashire in the year 1206. His son William de Atherton held a manor at Atherton of the Barons of Warington. Years later, Hugh de Atherton was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of that shire in 1332.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ethington research. Another 273 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1598 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Ethington History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 20 words(1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ethington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Ethington or a variant listed above: Humphrey Atherton of Preston Lancashire who settled in 1638 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and joined the army and eventually became a Major General. James Atherton settled in New England in 1620. Peter Atheron settled in Virginia in 1663..

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