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The Anglo-Saxon name Compton comes from when the family resided in Compton, a place-name found in numerous locales throughout England. Villages called Compton are found in Berkshire, Huntingdonshire, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire. The name probably sprang from all of these locales at one time or another. Many of the villages date back to the Domesday Book [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
where there were listed with names like Contune (Berkshire), Cunone (Huntingdonshire), and more. However, the oldest listing was found in Compton Abbas, Dorset where it dates back before the Domesday Book to 956 as Cumtune. The name literally was derived from the Old English "cumb" + "tun" meaning "farmstead or village in a valley," so one can understand the many listings. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


Compton Early Origins



The surname Compton was first found in Devon where they held a family seat at Compton Castle, a fortified manor house in the village of Compton. The original undefended manor house was built in the mid-14th century and was home to Sir Humphrey Gilbert (1539–1583), colonizer of Newfoundland and half-brother of Sir Walter Raleigh. Another branch of the family claims descent from Warwickshire where "the Marquis of Northampton derives from Turchill, possessor of Arden, before the Conquest. His descendant Osbert, in 1169, assumed the name of Compton from his estate in the same county. " [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Another reference states "the family was seated at Compton, called 'in the Windgate,' soon after the Conquest." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
"Philip de Compton is the first of the name who certainly held the manor of Compton, in the fifth of John." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

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Compton Spelling Variations


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Compton Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Compton include Compton, Comptons, Competom, Comptown, Comptowne, Comptoun, Comptaun, Comptaune, Comptoune, Coompton, Combton, Combtons, Combtown, Combtaune, Wilmington and many more.

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Compton Early History


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Compton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Compton research. Another 431 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1212, 1650, 1482, 1528, 1630, 1625, 1663, 1632, 1713, 1675, 1713, 1601, 1643, 1622, 1681, 1660, 1681, 1675, 1679, 1669, 1691, 1673, 1743, 1632, 1713, 1675 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Compton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Compton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Compton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Sir William Compton ( c. 1482-1528), a prominent courtier during the reign of Henry VIII. A fictionalized William Compton was portrayed in 2007 on the television series The Tudors; William Compton, 1st Earl of Northampton (died 1630), known as Lord Compton, an English peer; Sir William...

Another 107 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Compton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Compton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Frances Compton, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • John Compton, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Jo Compton, aged 26, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • James Compton, who landed in Maryland in 1637
  • Thomas Compton settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1634 and was made a freeman of the colony in 1637
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Compton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • H T Compton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Rogero Compton, aged 30, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1851
  • Sarah Compton, aged 19, landed in New York in 1862
  • Stephan Compton, aged 43, arrived in New York in 1862
  • Kerrin Compton, aged 14, landed in New York in 1862
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Compton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. William Compton U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 died in 1804 in Saint Martins [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Compton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mr. David Compton, aged 20 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Avon"Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 19)

Compton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Compton, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  • Thomas Compton, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily"
  • George Compton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849
  • Thomas Compton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849
  • Margaret Compton, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"

Compton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Compton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Mandarin
  • George Compton arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Mandarin" in 1841
  • Alfred Compton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843
  • William Compton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1851
  • Martha Compton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Compton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Compton (post 1700)



  • Jim Compton (1941-2014), American journalist for NBC News and politician
  • Stacy Compton (b. 1967), American NASCAR team owner and former driver
  • Boyd M. Compton, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1940, 1944
  • Benson B. Compton, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 4th District, 1948
  • Barnes Compton (1830-1898), American Democrat politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates, 1860-61; Member of Maryland State Senate, 1867-72; Maryland State Treasurer, 1874-85; U.S. Representative from Maryland 5th District, 1885-90, 1891-94
  • B. A. Compton, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 4th District, 1950, 1952
  • Anna L. Compton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1924
  • C. H. Ranulf Compton (1878-1974), American Republican politician, ; U.S. Representative from Connecticut 3rd District, 1943-45; Defeated, 1938, 1940, 1944
  • C. M. Compton Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1932
  • Charles E. Compton, American politician, Mayor of Burbank, California, 1962-63, 1967-68
  • ... (Another 34 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Compton Historic Events


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Compton Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. William A Compton (b. 1901), English Leading Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from Dartford, Kent, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Compton, British Pay Sub Lieutenant Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mrs. Mary Eliza Compton, (née Ingersoll), aged 64, American First Class passenger from Lakewood, New Jersey who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 14
  • Miss Sara Rebecca Compton, aged 39, American First Class passenger from Lakewood, New Jersey who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 14
  • Mr. Alexander Taylor Compton Jr. (d. 1912), aged 37, American First Class passenger from Lakewood, New Jersey who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Compton


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Suggested Readings for the name Compton



  • The Comptons of Grove Lake: A Story of the Ancestors Back to the Mayflower and Their Descendants to the Pacific by Mildred Blair Hawkins.
  • Family Record of James Compton and Clarissa Cleveland-Compton by Murat Compton.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Tout bien ou rien
Motto Translation: All well or nothing.


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 19)
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  5. 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.
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. 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).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. 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. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  11. ...

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