Dirlington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Dirlington is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the lands of Darlington which originally derived from Deorling's farm or manor. [1]

Early Origins of the Dirlington family

The surname Dirlington 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. " [2]

John of Darlington (d. 1284), an Englishman was Archbishop of Dublin and theologian, "whose name suggests that either he or his family came from Darlington. He became a Dominican friar, and it is probable that he studied at Paris at the Dominican priory of St. James. " [3]

Early History of the Dirlington family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dirlington research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1281 are included under the topic Early Dirlington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dirlington Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Dirlington has been spelled many different ways, including Darlington, Derlington, Darlingtone, Derlingtone and many more.

Early Notables of the Dirlington family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Dirlington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Dirlington family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Dirlingtons to arrive in North America: James Darlington who settled in Maryland in 1739; Joseph Darlington arrived in Philadelphia in 1856; Abraham and John Darlington settled in Pennsylvania in 1711.



The Dirlington 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.


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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