Adlington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Adlington family
The surname Adlington was first found in Lancashire at Adlington, a small town and civil parish that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was first listed as Eduluintune.  Adlington was part of the Penwortham barony granted to Randle de Marsey and later held by the Ferrers. The place name literally means "estate associated with a man called Eadwulf," from the Old English personal name + "ing" + "tun."  "The Adlington family held lands here in the reign of Edward II, and for many subsequent generations."  In 1202 Walter de Adlington granted six oxgangs of land to Siward de Duxbury. By 1288, Hugh de Adlington and Adam de Duxbury each held a moiety of the manor of William de Ferrers. Adlington Hall was a grand Georgian country house but was demolished in the 1960s. Adlington, Cheshire is a village and civil parish and home to Adlington Hall, a country house with a great hall that was constructed between 1480 and 1505. This latter village was ancestral home to the Leghs.
Important Dates for the Adlington family
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Adlington Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Adlington have been found, including Adlington, Adlinton, Adlenton, Adelington, Addlington, Addlinton, Atlington, Attlington and many more.
Early Notables of the Adlington family (pre 1700)
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Adlington migration to the United States
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Adlington, or a variant listed above:
Adlington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- George Adlington, who arrived in Baltimore in 1758
Adlington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Adlington, who settled in Philadelphia in 1865
Contemporary Notables of the name Adlington (post 1700)
- William Adlington Cadbury (1867-1957), English businessman at Cadbury's, he commissioned the first Cadbury logo in 1905 based on his signature
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.