Atherden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient history of the Atherden name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in Atherton in the county of Lancashire.
The Adderson, Hetherston, Hetherston and other phonetic variants are thought to have originated in Adderstone, Northumberland, a township, in the parish of Bambrough, union of Belford.  This township has gone through many spellings through the ages including: 1233 Edredeston; 1234 Edreston; 1242 Hethereston; 1288 Edderston; 1346 Hetherston, 1428 Ederston and many more. Interesting, this is where the Scottish branch of the family hails. "John de Etherstone of Roxburghshire rendered homage in 1296 [to King Edward I of England] most probably derived his surname from Adderstone (in 1242 Hethereston, 1663 Etherston), near Bamburgh, Northumberland." 
Early Origins of the Atherden family
The surname Atherden was first found in Lancashire at Atherton, a chapelry, in the parish and union of Leigh, hundred of West Derby or the aforementioned Adderstone, Northumberland. 
Atherton "was held of the barons of Warrington by Robert de Atherton, in the reign of John; and in this knightly family the manor descended through many generations, successively allied to the Byrons, Warrens, Ashtons, Butlers, Catterals, Conyers, Irelands, and Bolds: by the marriage of the late Lord Lilford with the heiress of Atherton, the manor came to his lordship's family.
Atherton Hall, a superb edifice, built by the Atherton family in the early part of the 18th century, at an expense of about £63,000, was taken down in 1825." 
Atterton, is a small hamlet, in the parish of Witherley, union of Atherstone, hundred of Sparkenhoe, in Leicestershire. 
Other first records of the name include Robert de Atherton who was Sheriff of Lancashire in the year 1206. His son William de Atherton held a manor at Atherton of the Barons of Warington. Years later, Hugh de Atherton was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of that shire in 1332. 
Henry de Athertone was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire in 1332 and later, William de Atherton was listed there in 1384. Over in Cheshire, Humphrey Addertone alias Athurton was listed in 1470. 
Early History of the Atherden family
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Atherden 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 Atherden include Atherton, Atheron, Hetherston, Adderstone and many more.
Early Notables of the Atherden family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Atherton (1598-1640), English-born Anglican Bishop of Waterford and Lismore in the Church of Ireland. He and his steward and tithe proctor John Childe were both tried and executed for buggery in 1640. He "is believed to have been born at Bawdripp, in Somersetshire, in 1598, where his father. Reverend John Atherton (a canon of St. Paul's), was rector of the parish. In 1635 he became chancellor of Christ Church, and held also the rectories of Killaban and Ballintubride, in the diocese of Leighlin. He was chancellor of Killaloe in 1634. His highest promotion was...
Migration of the Atherden family
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 Atherden or a variant listed above: Humphrey Atherton of Preston Lancashire who settled in 1638 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and joined the army and eventually became a Major General. James Atherton settled in New England in 1620. Peter Atheron settled in Virginia in 1663..