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The ancestors of the bearers of the Arrington family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found at a local named Harrington, in Cumberland. Today, Harrington is on the Cumbrian coast with a population of about 5000. There is a small hamlet named Harrington in Lincolnshire and a small village and civil parish in Northamptonshire so named. The name was derived from the Old English Hoeferingtun which meant "settlement associated with Hoefer" or "settlement on stony ground". [1]

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Arrington include Harrington, Harington and others.

First found in Cumberland, where the first record of the name was Robert de Heverington in the reign of Richard I (1189-1199). William de Harinton was listed in the Assize Rolls on Lancashire in 1202 and Richard de Harington was listed in the Rotuli Hundredorum of 1274. John Harington was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327. [2] A few years later, Ricardus de Heryngton was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax records of 1379. [3]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arrington research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1275, 1674, 1347, 1328, 1363, 1357, 1406, 1607, 1680, 1646, 1653, 1654, 1655, 1627, 1700, 1654, 1611, 1677 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Arrington History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 153 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arrington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Arrington family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Arrington or a variant listed above:

Arrington Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Elizabeth Arrington, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Mrs. Peter Arrington, aged 30, who settled in St. Louis Missouri, in 1907
  • Alice Arrington, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Lessie Arrington, aged 22, who settled in Beaufort, N.C., in 1913
  • Olivia G. Arrington, aged 38, who emigrated to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1913


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  • William W. Arrington, American politician, Delegate to Texas Consultation of 1835 from District of Gonzales, 1835
  • William Russell Arrington (1906-1979), American Republican politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives, 1945-54; Member of Illinois State Senate, 1955-67, 1967-73
  • Richard Arrington Jr. (b. 1943), American Democrat politician, University professor; Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, 1979-85; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1996
  • Mildred B. Arrington, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Abingdon, Virginia, 1963-65
  • James D. Arrington, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1948, 1952, 1956
  • James Hugh Arrington (1904-1979), American Democrat politician, Member of Oklahoma State House of Representatives, 1942-60; Member of Democratic National Committee from Oklahoma, 1956
  • J. N. Arrington, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1876
  • J. J. Arrington, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 12th District, 1855-56
  • Henry T. Arrington, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 2000
  • Archibald Hunter Arrington (1809-1872), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1841-45 (6th District 1841-43, 8th District 1843-45)

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  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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