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

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.


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.

First found in Essex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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.


Another 65 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Huntington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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

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


  • Samuel Phillips Huntington Ph.D. (b. 1927), controversial American political scientist and Professor at Harvard University
  • George Huntington (1850-1916), American physician and eponym of the disease which he described precisely in 1872 in his first medical paper
  • Sarah Huntington, American photographer
  • Jim Huntington (b. 1941), American sculptor
  • Samuel Huntington (1731-1796), American jurist, statesman, and Patriot in the American Revolution from Connecticut who signed the Declaration of Independence, 18th Governor of Connecticut (1786-1796), 2nd Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut (1784-1786), 7th President of the Continental Congress (1779-1781)
  • Henry Edwards Huntington (1850-1927), American railroad magnate and collector of art and rare books, nephew of Collis Potter Huntington
  • Collis Potter Huntington (1821-1900), American railroad magnate, one of the Big Four of western railroading
  • Edward Vermilye Huntington (1874-1952), American mathematician who developed Huntington's axiom
  • Robert Palmer Huntington Jr. (1869-1949), American tennis player, winner of the US Open in 1891 and 1892
  • William Edwards Huntington (1844-1930), American university dean and President of Boston University (1903-1904) and (1904-1911)



  • 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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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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