Aillington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Aillington came to England with the ancestors of the Aillington family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Aillington family lived in Allington, in one of the many places so named throughout southern England. The reason for the multiple villages lies in part from the literal meaning of the place name "farmstead of the princes," from the Old English word "aetheling" + "tun." [1] There are at least three listings in the Domesday Book of 1086: Adelingetone (Lincolnshire); Adelingtone (Wiltshire); and Alintone (East Alington, Devon.) In this latter case, the place name could have derived from "farmstead associated with a man called Aella or Aelle," from the Old English personal name + "ing" + "tun." [1] Allington Castle is a stone-built moated castle in Allington, Kent that was restored in 1895 to its former full glory and is today open to the public.

Early Origins of the Aillington family

The surname Aillington was first found in Cambridgeshire, Rutland, Lincolnshire, and Wiltshire. The ancient Barons Alington were the scions of this family name and they first settled in Horseheath, in Cambridgeshire. The first Lord of the Manor was Sir Hildebrand de Alington who was an under Marshall to William the Conqueror at Hastings. The main branch of the family became extinct but a younger son of Sir Giles Alington held the family seat at Swinhope in the reign of Queen Elizabeth. [2] It is from this branch the family ultimately descend.

Early History of the Aillington family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aillington research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1682, 1446, 1410, 1416, 1429, 1400, 1459, 1433, 1436, 1439, 1500, 1586, 1648, 1659, 1641, 1685, 1681, 1685, 1680, 1691, 1641, 1723, 1680, 1691, 1610, 1648, 1642, 1641, 1659, 1641, 1685, 1681, 1685, 1681 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Aillington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Aillington Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Alington, Arlington, Allington and others.

Early Notables of the Aillington family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir William Alington (died 1446), Speaker of the House of Commons, MP for Cambridgeshire, 1410, 1416, 1429; William Allington of Horseheath (1400-1459), MP for Cambridgeshire, 1433, 1436, 1439; Giles Alington, Lord of Horseheath (1500-1586); William Alington, 1st Baron Alington (died 1648); Giles Alington, 2nd Baron...
Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aillington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Aillington family to Ireland

Some of the Aillington family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Aillington family

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Aillington or a variant listed above: Henry Allington who arrived in Virginia in 1652; Giles Alington, who settled in Virginia in 1626; John Allington, who came to Philadelphia in 1682; Lidia Arlington, who came to Barbados in 1682.



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.


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