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Ardington Early Origins



The surname Ardington was first found in Yorkshire, in the West Riding, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Arthington or Ardington, held Richard de Surdeval from the Count of Mortain, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. It is notable for its nunnery.

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Ardington Spelling Variations


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Ardington Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Ardington, Ardinton, Arthington, Arthinton and others.

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Ardington Early History


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Ardington Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ardington research. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1487, 1415, 1499, 1394, 1420, 1615, 1671, 1646 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Ardington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ardington Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ardington Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ardington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Ardington or a variant listed above were:

Ardington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edmond Ardington, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Tho Ardington, who landed in Virginia in 1656
  • Thomas Ardington, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • George Ardington, who landed in Maryland in 1668

Ardington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Frank Ardington, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1896

Ardington Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Herbert Ardington, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Rillington, in 1906
  • John Ardington, aged 25, who landed in America from London, England, in 1913

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ardington (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ardington (post 1700)



  • Anthony John Ardington (b. 1940), South African-born, former first-class cricketer with Oxford University who played in 1965

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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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The Ardington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ardington Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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