Alington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Alington is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Alington 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."  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."  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 Alington family
The surname Alington 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.  It is from this branch the family ultimately descend.
Important Dates for the Alington family
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Alington Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Alington, Arlington, Allington and others.
Early Notables of the Alington 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...
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Migration of the Alington family to Ireland
Some of the Alington family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Alington migration to the United States
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Alington or a variant listed above:
Alington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Giles Alington, who settled in Virginia in 1626
- Giles Alington, who landed in Virginia in 1626 
- John Alington, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 
Alington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Albert S. Alington, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
Alington Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mary Evelyn Alington, aged 44, who landed in America from Birmingham, England, in 1920
- Napier G. H. Alington, aged 24, who settled in America from London, England, in 1921
Alington migration to New Zealand
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Alington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Herbert Alington, who settled in New Zealand aboard the 'Matoaka' in 1860
- Mr. Alington, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th December 1863 
Contemporary Notables of the name Alington (post 1700)
- Giles Alington (1914-1956), English Fellow of University College, Oxford from 1944 to 1956
- Cyril Argentine Alington (1872-1955), English educationalist, scholar, cleric, and author
- Henry Giles Alington (1837-1928), Lord Alington of Wymondley, English Cricket player with the Oxford University team
- Elizabeth Alington (1909-1990), wife of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Alec Douglas-Home
- William Hildebrand "Bill" Alington (b. 1929), New Zealand Modernist architect, whose work has been awarded nationally, and recognized internationally
- Margaret Alington (b. 1920), New Zealand historian whose work has contributed much to the knowledge of architectural history
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- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html