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The name Huntington is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the settlement of Huntingdon in the county of Huntingdonshire, or in one of the various places called Huntington in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, and the North Riding of Yorkshire.

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The surname Huntington was first found in Huntingdon in Huntingdonshire. "This place, called by the Saxons Huntantun, and in the Norman survey Huntersdune, appears to have derived its name from its situation in a tract of country which was anciently an extensive forest abounding with deer, and well suited for the purposes of the chase. A castle was built here in 917, by Edward the Elder, and enlarged by David, Earl of Huntingdon and King of Scotland." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Huntington has been spelled many different ways, including Huntington, Huntingdon and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huntington research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1637, 1701, 1683 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Huntington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Huntington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Huntingtons to arrive in North America:

Huntington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Christopher and Margaret Huntington settled in Boston in 1633 with their sons Simon and Thomas
  • Simon Huntington, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633
  • Lydia Huntington, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Lydia Huntington settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Andrew Huntington, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
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Huntington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Huntington, who arrived in New York in 1785

Huntington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Huntington, aged 45, landed in New York in 1812
  • Ellen Huntington, aged 19, arrived in New York in 1862
  • Joseph Huntington, aged 24, landed in New York in 1862
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  • Ellery Huntington Jr. (1893-1987), American football player and coach, head football coach at Colgate University (1919-1921), College Football Hall of Fame inductee, son of the Ellery Huntington Sr
  • Benjamin Huntington (1736-1800), American lawyer, jurist and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut (1789-1791)
  • Ellery Huntington Sr. (1865-1945), American college athletics coach, administrator, and professor, head basketball coach at Colgate University (1900-1913)
  • Ebenezer Huntington (1754-1834), American officer in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War
  • Archer Milton Huntington (1870-1955), American son of Arabella Huntington, stepson of railroad magnate and industrialist Collis P. Huntington
  • Neal Alden Huntington (b. 1969), American General Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball
  • Arabella Yarrington "Belle" Huntington (1851-1924), second wife of American railway tycoon and industrialist Collis P. Huntington; at one time the richest woman in America
  • Sam Huntington (b. 1982), American actor, best known for his starring role as werewolf Josh Levinson in the Syfy series Being Human
  • Jedediah Huntington (1743-1818), American general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War
  • Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington (1876-1973), American sculptor, awarded Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur
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Huntington Historic Events



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  • Mr. Ernest S Huntington (b. 1915), English Sergeant serving for the Royal Marine from Seaford, Eastbourne, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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  • Norris, Hackett, Prescott and Allied Families: Our Ancestors and Their Descendants, Including Adams, Andrews, Bachelder, Bartlett, Boulter, Brewer, Brown, Harding, Hinkley, Howard, Huntington et al by Hugh Albert Johns.
  • The Hunington Letters, In the Possession of Julia Chester Wells... Printed for Private Distribution by William Denison McCraken.
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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Huntington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Huntington 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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