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

The name Middleton is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in one of the many places called Middleton throughout England. "There are several dozen places, larger or smaller, scattered up and down England of this name." [1] The surname Middleton belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Middleton are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. 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. The variations of the name Middleton include: Middleton, Middelton, Midleton and others.

First found in one of the many villages named Middleton throughout Britain. One of the earlies records of the name was Robert de Mideltone who was listed in 1166 in Eynsham, Oxfordshire. [2] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Richard de Middleton in Buckinghamshire; Thomas de Middelton in Lincolnshire; and Gilbert de Middleton in Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls revealed: Johannes de Midillton; Thomas de Midilton; and Ricardus de Midilton. [1] The Subsidy Rolls of Sussex list William de Midelton in 1327 and The Feet of Fines of Warwickshire list John Middilton (1409-1410.) [2] The name was quick to appear further north in Scotland where "the first of the name recorded appears to have been Umfridus de Midilton who witnessed a grant of the lands of Petmengartenach to the Abbey of Arbroath in 1221. " [3] A few years later, Humfrey de Middiltone of the county of Kincardyn rendered homage to King Edward I in 1296. Robert Middleton was a defender of Dunbar Castle against the English in 1296, he was taken prisoner by King Edward I of England. "For about three centuries the family here bore the designation of Middleton of that Ilk." [3]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Middleton research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1357, 1488, 1556, 1586, 1580, 1627, 1586, 1666, 1608, 1673, 1636, 1614, 1629, 1589, 1662, 1640, 1660, 1550, 1631, 1586, 1666, 1624, 1663, 1651, 1684, 1679, 1681, 1655, 1716, 1685, 1705, 1649, 1719, 1682 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Middleton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 453 words (32 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Middleton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Middleton or a variant listed above:

Middleton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Antony Middleton, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Anthony Middleton, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Charles Middleton, who landed in Maryland in 1633
  • Charles Middleton, who arrived in Virginia in 1633
  • Charles Middleton, who settled in Maryland in 1633


Middleton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Henry Middleton, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Eliza Middleton, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Alexander Middleton, who arrived in Boston in 1734
  • Alexander Middleton, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1734

Middleton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James M Middleton, aged 27, landed in Rhode Island in 1812
  • Samuel Middleton, who landed in America in 1824
  • Fancy Middleton, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1826
  • Robert Middleton, who arrived in New York in 1839
  • David Middleton, who arrived in New York in 1843


Middleton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Jane Middleton, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo
  • John Middleton, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo

Middleton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Middleton, English convict from Buckinghamshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Thomas Middleton, English convict from Herefordshire, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Joseph Middleton, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • Elizabeth Middleton, aged 30, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • Thomas Middleton, aged 10, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836


Middleton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Middleton, aged 38, a blacksmith, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Middleton, aged 36, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Alexander Middleton, aged 16, a blacksmith, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Charlotte Middleton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Owen Glendowner" in 1864
  • Daniel Middleton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Surat" in 1864


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  • Lieutenant-General Troy Houston Middleton (1889-1976), American Commanding General VIII Corps, North-West Europe (1944-1945)
  • Brigadier-General John William Middleton (1897-1957), American Military Attaché to India (1947-1950)
  • Robert Middleton (1911-1977), American actor
  • George Middleton (1880-1967), American playwright
  • Charles B. Middleton (1879-1949), American actor
  • Miss Alice Middleton, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Seattle, Washington, USA returning to England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. M.V. Middleton (d. 1912), aged 24, English Saloon Steward from London, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • David Maxwell "Max" Middleton (b. 1946), English composer and keyboardist
  • Christopher Middleton (1926-2015), British poet and translator
  • Mr. Alfred Pirrie Middleton (d. 1912), aged 17, Irish Junior Sixth Engineer from Belfast, Ireland who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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  • The Middletons and Kindred Families of Southern Maryland by Daniel B. Lloyd.
  • A Record of the Descendants of John Brown by Rohease Brown Cook.
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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Middleton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Middleton 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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