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The origins of the Carrington name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived at Carenton, a port town, and Chateau in Normandy. [1] It is thought that the first of the name in Britain was Norman Hamo de Carenton of Normandy, who came to Britain as a young attendant to his uncle at Hastings in 1066 A.D., and was rewarded for his services by grants of land in county of Chester.

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The surname Carrington was first found in Cheshire at Carrington, a township and chapelry, in the parish of Bowdon, union of Altrincham, hundred of Bucklow. "The manor was held for more than three centuries by a family of the same name." [2] " A moiety of the manor [at Ashton upon Mersey] was held for many generations by the Carringtons, and passed by a female heir of that family to the Booths." [2] There are two other places named Carrington in Britain: in Lincolnshire which was "first recorded in 1812, and named after Robert Smith, Lord Carrington (1752-1838), who had lands there"; [3] and in Nottinghamshire where "this village, which is of recent origin, consists partly of handsome villas, occupied by merchants and lace manufacturers, who have warehouses in Nottingham." [2] Now part of Greater Manchester, Carrington dates back to the 12th century when it was first listed as Carrintona and possibly meant "estate associated with a man called Cara," from the Old English personal name + "-ing" + "tun." [3]

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Carrington were recorded, including Carrington, Carington, Kerrington, Karrington, Kerington, Carinton and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carrington research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1219, 1294, 1296 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Carrington History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Carrington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Carrington family emigrate to North America:

Carrington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Carrington settled in New England in 1632
  • Edward Carrington settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1632
  • Thomas Carrington, who landed in America in 1632
  • Jo Carrington, aged 33, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Mary Carrington, aged 33, landed in New England in 1635


Carrington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Tho Carrington, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Isaac Carrington, who landed in Virginia in 1717
  • George Carrington, who arrived in Virginia in 1723
  • Daniel Carrington, who arrived in America in 1760-1763

Carrington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Edward Douglass Carrington, aged 23, landed in Maryland in 1812
  • James Carrington, aged 37, arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • J Carrington, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Joseph Carrington, who arrived in Iowa in 1872

Carrington Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Abram Carrington, who landed in New Brunswick in 1783
  • Mr. Abraham Carrington U.E born in Milford, Connecticut, USA who settled in Kingston, Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1783 listed as passenger on the Union Transport from New York
  • Mr. Abraham Carrington U.E born in Milford, Connecticut, USA who settled in Canada c. 1783 listed as passenger on the Union Transport from New York
  • Mr. James Carrington U.E who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783

Carrington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Carrington, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia

Carrington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • F A Carrington landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship London
  • Wellington Carrington landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Cuba
  • Wellington Carrington, aged 25, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cuba" in 1840
  • Frederick Alonzo Carrington, aged 33, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Octavius Carrington landed in Taranaki, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Stains Castle


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  • Edward Carrington (1748-1810), American soldier and statesman, a lieutenant colonel in the Continental Army, serving as quartermaster to General Nathanael Greene’s southern campaign
  • Darren Carrington (b. 1966), American NFL football safety who played from 1989 to 1996
  • Robert Frederick "Bob" Carrington (b. 1953), retired American professional NBA basketball player
  • Albert Carrington (1813-1889), American apostle and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Fitzroy Carrington (1869-1954), English-born, American editor of The Print Collector’s Quarterly from 1911 to 1917
  • Chuck Carrington (b. 1968), American film and television actor, best known for playing Petty Officer Jason Tiner on JAG
  • Brigadier-General Gordon De L. Carrington (1894-1944), American Commanding Officer 62nd Antiaircraft Artillery Brigade (1943-1944)
  • Debbie Lee Carrington (b. 1959), American actress and stuntwoman
  • Terri Lyne Carrington (b. 1965), American jazz drummer, composer, and record producer
  • Henry Beebee Carrington (1824-1912), United States Army officer and historian

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  • A Brief Historical Sketch of the Carrington Family by John Claiborne Carrington.
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  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  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. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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The Carrington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carrington 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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