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

The present generation of the Millington family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in either of the settlements named Millington in Cheshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire, or at any farm with a mill. The surname Millington belongs to both the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads, and the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.


Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Millington include Millington, Milington, Mellington and others.

First found in Cheshire at Millington, a civil parish or at Millington, a small village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Both were listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. The Cheshire parish was listed as Mulintune and at that time was held by William Malbank. Rather small, it had land enough for one plough. However the Yorkshire listings were spelt Mileton, Milleton and Milletone and each had their own entry. [1] These have evolved into the modern day places of Millington Woods, Millington Pastures and Millington Springs. The place name literally means "farmstead with a mill" having derived from the Old English myln + tun. [2]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Millington research. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1598, 1666, 1628 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Millington History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 117 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Millington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Millington were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Millington Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Rowland Millington settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Rowland Millington, aged 24, landed in St Christopher in 1635
  • Joan Millington, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Joan Millington and her husband, who settled in Virginia in 1650
  • Samuel Millington, who arrived in Maryland in 1661

Millington Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John W Millington, who landed in New York in 1831
  • George H Millington, who landed in New York, NY in 1849


  • June Millington (b. 1948), Philippine American guitarist
  • Ernest Rogers Millington (b. 1916), English RAF Wing Commander, and Member of Parliament
  • Thomas Millington (1591-1603), English publisher of the Elizabethan era
  • Grenville Rodney Millington (b. 1951), English professional footballer
  • Gilbert Millington (1598-1666), English barrister and one of the Regicide s of King Charles I
  • Sir Thomas Millington (1628-1703), English physician
  • Simeon "Sam" Millington, English footballer
  • Harry Millington, English former professional rugby league footballer
  • Charles John Henry "Charlie" Millington (1884-1955), English professional footballer
  • Richard Millington, British ornithologist



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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. 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.
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. 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).
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  11. ...

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