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Where did the English Arrington family come from? What is the English Arrington family crest and coat of arms? When did the Arrington family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Arrington family history?

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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  • 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
  • Tiffany "Jill" Arrington (b. 1972), American sportscaster
  • James Arrington, American stage actor, director, playwright and scholar
  • Archibald Hunter Arrington (1809-1872), U.S. Congressman from North Carolina


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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. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Arrington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Arrington 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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