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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. [1]

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." [2]

"The Adlington family held lands here in the reign of Edward II, and for many subsequent generations." [3] 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.

Early History of the Adlington family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Adlington research. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1567, 1613, 1664, 1566, 1566, 1571, 1582 and 1596 are included under the topic Early Adlington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was William Adlington (fl. 1566) English translator of the Elizabethan era in the "golden age of translations". His translation of Apuleius' 2nd century...
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United States 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) +

  • Lucy J. Adlington (b. 1970), British social and textile historian, collector of vintage clothing, and author, best known for her book Dressmakers of Auschwitz: The True Story of the Women Who Sewed to Survive which has been translated into 22 languages and listed on The New York Times Best Seller list
  • Rebecca Adlington O.B.E., (b. 1989), a British former competitive swimmer who has won two gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 400-metre freestyle and 800-metre freestyle, winning her first World Championship gold over 800 metres in 2011, along with silver in the 400 metres, she won bronze medals in both the women's 400-metre and 800-metre freestyle events in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Aware in 2008 she came 3rd, appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2009
  • Terry Adlington (1935-1994), English football goalkeeper born in Blackwell, Derbyshire who played from 1955 to 1969
  • James Adlington (1872-1896), English footballer who played from 1892 to 1897
  • Sarah Jayne Adlington (b. 1986), British two-time gold and eight-time bronze medalist judoka
  • Sir Arthur Adlington Haworth (1865-1944), 1st Baronet of Dunham Massey in the County of Chester, English peer
  • William Adlington Cadbury (1867-1957), English businessman at Cadbury's, he commissioned the first Cadbury logo in 1905 based on his signature

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. on Facebook