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The lineage of the name Atherton begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in Atherton in the county of Lancashire.

Atherton Early Origins



The surname Atherton was first found in Lancashire at Atherton, a chapelry, in the parish and union of Leigh, hundred of West Derby. "This place 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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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Atherton Spelling Variations


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Atherton Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Atherton has undergone many spelling variations, including Atherton, Atheron and others.

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Atherton Early History


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Atherton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atherton research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1598 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Atherton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Atherton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Atherton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Atherton 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



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Atherton were among those contributors:

Atherton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Atherton settled in New England in 1620
  • Humphrey Atherton, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1636
  • Humphrey Atherton of Preston Lancashire who settled in 1638 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and joined the army and eventually became a Major General
  • James Atherton, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1654
  • Peter Atherton, who landed in Maryland in 1669
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Atherton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alice Atherton, who landed in Virginia in 1711
  • Augustin Atherton, who arrived in Virginia in 1732
  • John Atherton, who arrived in Georgia in 1747
  • Jonathan Atherton, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1762

Atherton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Atherton, who landed in New York, NY in 1844
  • Samuel Atherton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1846
  • W Atherton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J Atherton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J P Atherton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Atherton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Thomas Atherton, who landed in Alabama in 1927

Atherton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Atherton, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Atherton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Spartan" in 1849

Atherton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • F Atherton landed in Kororareka, New Zealand in 1839
  • Richard Atherton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name Atherton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Atherton (post 1700)



  • William Atherton (b. 1947), American actor
  • Keith Atherton (b. 1959), American baseball player
  • Gibson Atherton (1831-1887), U.S. Representative from Ohio
  • Faxon Atherton (1815-1877), American businessman and landowner, eponym of "Atherton," California
  • Donny Atherton (b. 1964), American BMX racer
  • Charles "Charlie" Morgan Herbert Atherton (1874-1934), American Major League Baseball player
  • Charles Humphrey Atherton (1773-1853), U.S. Representative from New Hampshire
  • Charles G. Atherton (1804-1853), U.S. Representative and Senator from New Hampshire, eponym of the "Atherton Gag"
  • James Atherton, American photographer
  • Alfred Leroy Atherton Jr. (1921-2002), American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Egypt in 1978-1979
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Atherton Historic Events


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Atherton Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. John Atherton, British Cook, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. 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.
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  11. ...

The Atherton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Atherton 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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