name Darlington comes from when the family resided in the lands of Darlington which originally derived from Deorling's farm or manor.
Early Origins of the Darlington family
The surname Darlington was first found in Durham
at Darlington, a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the S. E. division of Darlington ward. "This place, the name of which is of Saxon derivation, is of considerable antiquity, and towards the close of the tenth century was, with its dependencies, granted by Seir, son of Ulphus, in the presence of King Ethelred and Archbishop Wulston, to St. Cuthbert, patron of the see of Durham
, of which Aldune was then bishop. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Darlington family
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Darlington 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 Darlington include Darlington, Derlington, Darlingtone, Derlingtone and many more.
Early Notables of the Darlington family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Darlington family to the New World and Oceana
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:
Darlington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Abraham and John Darlington, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1711
- James Darlington who settled in Maryland in 1739
Darlington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joseph Darlington, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1856
Darlington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Sarah Darlington, English convict from Manchester, Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851
- Charles Darlington, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EPAMINONDAS 1852. Retrieved www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1852.shtml
Darlington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Darlington, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
- Ellen Darlington, aged 21, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
Contemporary Notables of the name Darlington (post 1700)
- Sidney Darlington (1906-1997), American electrical engineer and inventor of a transistor configuration in 1953, named the Darlington pair, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1945
- Charles F. Darlington (1901-1986), American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Gabon from 1961 to 1965
- Kevin Godfrey Darlington (b. 1972), Guyanese born American cricketer
- Jeff Darlington (b. 1981), American sportswriter and commentator for the NFL Network and NFL.com
- Smedley Darlington (1827-1899), American politician, Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
- Isaac Darlington (1781-1839), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1817-1819)
- Edward Darlington (1795-1884), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1833-1839)
- William Darlington (1782-1863), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
- Christiana N. Darlington, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008
- Charles L. Darlington, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916
- ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
The Darlington 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: Cruce dum spiro spero
Motto Translation: Whilst I have breath my hope is in the cross.