Early Origins of the Alrington family
The surname Alrington was first found in Cambridgeshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1474 when John Elrynton held taxable estates in that shire.
Early History of the Alrington family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alrington research.Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1537, 1455, 1487, 1520, 1566, 1553, 1554, 1688, 1732 and 1878 are included under the topic Early Alrington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Alrington Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Alrington 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 Alrington include: Elrington, Ellrington, Elryington, Ellryngton, Elerington, Ellerington and many more.
Early Notables of the Alrington family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Elrington or Elderton (?1520-1566), an English politician, Member of the Parliament for New Shoreham in October 1553 and Bramber in November 1554; and Thomas Elrington (1688-1732), an English actor, born in London who frequented Ireland
and London frequently... Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alrington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Alrington family to the New World and Oceana
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 Alrington or a variant listed above: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.