Dawyngton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Dawyngton is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the village of Dorrington, in the county of Lincolnshire. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from Durrington, parishes in West Sussex and Wiltshire. In both cases the parishes are listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Derintone and Derentune, respectively. The Wiltshire parish is unlikely as "this parish, which is situated on the river Avon, appears to have belonged in part, for centuries, to the family of Poore, descendants in a direct line from the founder of Salisbury Cathedral, " [1] but that leaves the West Sussex parish in question.

Interestingly, RAF Durrington was a World War II ground-controlled interception (GCI) radar station in Durrington, West Sussex. The station has been repurposed as Palatine School, a school for those with special educational needs.

Early Origins of the Dawyngton family

The surname Dawyngton was first found in Lincolnshire at Dorrington, a village and civil parish in the North Kesteven district.

The village dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed at Derintone and literally meant "estate associated with a man called Deora," from the Old English personal name + ing + tun. [2] Dorrington, Shropshire is a large village about 6 miles (10 km) south of Shrewsbury. This village dates back to 1198 when in was listed as Dodinton and has a similar origin and meaning as the latter entry.

Early History of the Dawyngton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dawyngton research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1654 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Dawyngton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dawyngton Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Dawyngton family name include Dorrington, Dorington, Dorryngton, Doryngton and others.

Early Notables of the Dawyngton family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Dawyngton family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Dawyngton surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Nicholas Dorington who settled in Virginia in 1623; Charles, Michael, Thomas, William, and William George, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1773 and 1875..



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


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