Show ContentsArrington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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]

Early Origins of the Arrington family

The surname Arrington was 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]

Early History of the Arrington family

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Arrington Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Arrington family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Harington, 1st Baron Harington (d. 1347); John Harington, 2nd Baron Harington (1328-1363); Robert Harington, 3rd Baron Harington (1357-1406); Sir James Harrington or Harington, 3rd Baronet of Ridlington (1607-1680), an English Member of Parliament for Rutland (1646-1653) and Middlesex (1654-1655); and John Harrington (1627-1700), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Somerset in 1654. William Harrington (d. 1523), was an English divine, son of William Harrington, of Newbigging, Cumberland. [4] Sir John Harington (or Harrington) (1560-1612), of Kelston, was an English courtier, author and translator, popularly known as the inventor of the flush toilet. He became prominent...
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Arrington Ranking

In the United States, the name Arrington is the 1,128th most popular surname with an estimated 27,357 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Arrington family to Ireland

Some of the Arrington family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Arrington migration to the United States +

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 immigrated to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Arrington (post 1700) +

  • Buddy Arrington (1938-2022), American NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver
  • Richard Arrington Jr. (b. 1934), American politician, the first African American mayor of the city of Birmingham
  • Richard Cameron 'Rick" Arrington (1947-2021), American professional football player who was a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (1970-1972)
  • Joey Arrington (b. 1956), American NASCAR driver
  • Marvin Stephens Arrington Sr. (b. 1941), American judge
  • Richard Cameron “Rick” Arrington (b. 1947), former American football quarterback
  • Kyle Chandler Arrington (b. 1986), American football cornerback
  • Robert L. Arrington (b. 1938), American philosopher
  • Johnathan Jerone "J. J." Arrington (b. 1983), American football running back
  • Adrian Jarrard Arrington (b. 1985), American football wide receiver
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  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)
  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?"., on Facebook