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Early Origins of the Annington family

The surname Annington was first found in Hannington, a parish, in the union of Brixworth, hundred of Orlingbury Northamptonshire. Literally the place name means "estate associated with a man called Hana," from the Old English personal name + "-ing" + "tun." [1]

There are two other parishes so named, one in Southampton and the other in Wiltshire, but the Northamptonshire parish is the one that the family originates for this one dates back to before the Conquest when it was first listed as Hanningtun in 1023. The Domesday Book of 1086 listed the place as Hanitune. It also includes an entry for Alfuuin de Haminteuna, de Haningtuna, de Hanningetuna. Almost one hundred years later, John de Haninton was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Hampshire in 1176. [2]

"In a charter of A.D. 1023 Hannington (Hants) occurs as Hanningtun in the Latin portion and as Hanittún (tó Hanitúne) in the Anglo-Saxon (boundaries) part. " [3]

Adam de Hanington was listed in Westmorland, 30 Edward III (during the 30th year of King Edward III's reign.) [4]

Early History of the Annington family

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Annington Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Annington family name include Hannington, Hammington, Hanington, Haninton, Haminton, Hamigston, Hanyington, Hannyngton, Haninston and many more.

Early Notables of the Annington family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Annington family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Annington surname or a spelling variation of the name include: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) on Facebook