The surname Attyngham was derived from the Old English expression meaning "homestead of the family or followers of a man called Anta" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Attyngham family
The surname Attyngham was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
in the village of Antingham in that shire. The village is so named from the River Ant which has as its source Antingham Common. Prior to the Norman Conquest
, in Saxon times, the village was named Attinga, Antigeham, and later Antingham. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
by William the Conqueror in 1086 the Manor of Antingham was held by Turstin FitzGuy, under tenant
, from Chief tenant
Roger Bigod, originally of Chanon Maletot, near Caen in Normandy
, whose successors Hugh, and Roger Bigod his son, Earl of Norfolk
, would be two of the 25 Barons who signed the Magna Charta in 1215. Robert Bigot, father of Roger, chief tenant, married the sister of Turstin Goz in Normandy, and the similarity of the two names cannot escape attention. Roger Bigod married Adeliza Grantemesnil and had seven children. He died in 1107 and is buried in Thetford Abbey in Norfolk
. There is no record of Thurston FitzGuy being at the Conquest, nor did the name FitzGuy survive as a viable family name. It was customary, when the Normans
introduced surnames into England
in 1066, that the junior sons of the Baron
would adopt the surname of the location where they held a family seat
, so as to distinguish son from father. Turstin FitzGuy was under-tenant and seated at Antingham Manor. Conjecturally, the Antingham family surname is descended from this Norman noble, Turstin FitzGuy, who may have been the grandson, nephew or natural son of Roger Bigod, favorite of Duke William, who sired the Dukes of Norfolk.
Early History of the Attyngham family
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Attyngham Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Attyngham family name include Antingham, Antlingham, Attingham, Antringham, Anthingham, Antygham and many more.
Early Notables of the Attyngham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Attyngham family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Attyngham family to immigrate North America: Willm Antingham, who settled in North America in 1836; James Antrim, who arrived in New Jersey in 1678; John Antrim, who arrived in New Jersey in 1682.