Darlington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Anglo-Saxon name Darlington comes from when the family resided in the lands of Darlington which originally derived from Deorling's farm or manor.

Early Origins of the Darlington family

The surname Darlington was first found in Durham at Darlington, a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the S. E. division of Darlington ward. "This place, the name of which is of Saxon derivation, is of considerable antiquity, and towards the close of the tenth century was, with its dependencies, granted by Seir, son of Ulphus, in the presence of King Ethelred and Archbishop Wulston, to St. Cuthbert, patron of the see of Durham, of which Aldune was then bishop. " [1]

Important Dates for the Darlington family

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Darlington Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Darlington include Darlington, Derlington, Darlingtone, Derlingtone and many more.

Early Notables of the Darlington family (pre 1700)

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Darlington migration to the United States

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Darlington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Abraham and John Darlington, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1711
  • James Darlington who settled in Maryland in 1739
Darlington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Darlington, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1856

Darlington migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Darlington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Darlington, English convict from Manchester, Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]
  • Charles Darlington, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [3]

Darlington migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Darlington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Darlington, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • Ellen Darlington, aged 21, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • Mr. John Darlington, South African settler travelling from Cape Town aboard the ship "Eveline" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 22nd January 1865 [4]
  • Mrs. Ellen Darlington, South African settler travelling from Cape Town aboard the ship "Eveline" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 22nd January 1865 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Darlington (post 1700)

  • Sidney Darlington (1906-1997), American electrical engineer and inventor of a transistor configuration in 1953, named the Darlington pair, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1945
  • Charles F. Darlington (1901-1986), American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Gabon from 1961 to 1965
  • Kevin Godfrey Darlington (b. 1972), Guyanese born American cricketer
  • Jeff Darlington (b. 1981), American sportswriter and commentator for the NFL Network and NFL.com
  • Smedley Darlington (1827-1899), American politician, Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • Isaac Darlington (1781-1839), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1817-1819)
  • Edward Darlington (1795-1884), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1833-1839)
  • William Darlington (1782-1863), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • Christiana N. Darlington, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008
  • Charles L. Darlington, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916
  • ... (Another 21 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EPAMINONDAS 1852. Retrieved www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1852.shtml
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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