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

The Garlington surname is thought to be a habitational name taken on from a now lost or unidentified place name in England.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Girling, Girlyn, Girlington, Gerlinston, Garlington, Gerling, Gerlin, Girlin, Gerlyn, Gerlinge, Gylinge and many more.

First found in Norfolk where they were they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1296 when William Girlyn held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Garlington research. Another 322 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1177, 1455, 1487, and 1642 are included under the topic Early Garlington History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Garlington Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Xtoper Garlington, who arrived in Virginia in 1649

Garlington Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Ernest Albert Garlington, aged 54, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Albert C. Garlington, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Creeswell Garlington, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1914
  • John C. Garlington, aged 10, who landed in America, in 1914

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  • Ann Leslie "Lee" Garlington (b. 1953), American actress
  • Ernest Albert Garlington (1853-1934), United States Army general who received the Medal of Honor during the Indian Wars
  • John M Garlington (1946-2000), American professional (NFL) football linebacker
  • Brigadier-General Creswell Garlington (1887-1945), American Attached to Headquarters 7th Service Command (1944-1945)


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  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. 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).
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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The Garlington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Garlington 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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