Atten History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Atten is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Atten family lived in Hatton, Cheshire. Another derivation of the name suggests that it comes from the Germanic personal name Hatto, which is composed of the element hadu, which means strife or contention.  Although both are valid, time has confused the two definitions and historians now disagree on which is valid in any individual case.
Early Origins of the Atten family
The surname Atten was first found in Cheshire where this "noble family were descended from Sir Adam Hatton, of Hatton, county Cheshire, grandson of Wulfrid, brother of Nigel, who was lord of Halton in the same county, by gift of Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester, soon after the Conquest." 
Important Dates for the Atten family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atten research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1540, 1591, 1583, 1658, 1621, 1622, 1624, 1625, 1628, 1629, 1640, 1682, 1674, 1605, 1670, 1632 and 1706 are included under the topic Early Atten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Atten Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Atten are characterized by many spelling variations. 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. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Atten include Hatton, Hattons, Hattyn, Hattins, Hattans and others.
Early Notables of the Atten family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Christopher Hatton KG (1540-1591), an English politician, Lord Chancellor of England and a favourite of Elizabeth I of England; Sir Thomas Hatton, 1st Baronet (c.1583-1658), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Corfe Castle (1621-1622), Malmesbury (1624-1625), and Stamford (1628-1629) and 1640...
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Migration of the Atten family to Ireland
Some of the Atten family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 70 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Atten migration to the United States
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Atten, or a variant listed above:
Typical Atten Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Atten Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Geo Atten, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 
Atten Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- And Nicholas Atten, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1755 
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- ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)