Eatherinton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Eatherinton is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in Hetherington, Northumberland. The "E" prefix as in the name Etherington is a shortened form of the name and has the same phonetic sound. [1]

Early Origins of the Eatherinton family

The surname Eatherinton was first found in Northumberland at Hetherington. This ancient Saxon village was derived from the word "haeth", meaning a heath and "tun" a settlement, thus "the farm of the heath." [2]

Edmund de Hetherynton was listed in the Assize Rolls of Northumberland in 1316. [3] But before that, Richard de Hetherington was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1298 eighteen years before. [3]

"The Hetheringtons, who have their present home in Carlisle and its neighbourhood, belong to an ancient border - family that often produced persons of note; in the reign of Henry VIII. George Hethrington, as king's bailiff, "kept watch and ward" in the parish of Kirklinton, on the west marches (H.). Ambrose Hetherington was vicar of Kendal in the reign of Elizabeth." [4]

Early History of the Eatherinton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eatherinton research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1100 and are included under the topic Early Eatherinton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eatherinton 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 Eatherinton family name include Etherington, Ethrington, Ethlington, Hetherington, Hetherton and many more.

Early Notables of the Eatherinton family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Eatherinton family to Ireland

Some of the Eatherinton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Eatherinton 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 Eatherinton surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Jon Etherington sailed to Barbados in 1634. Later he moved his family to the nearby island of St. Christopher. In 1771 Terrence Etherington sailed into the harbour of New York. Robert Etherington was to join him three years later in 1774. Later members of the Etherington family name were to join other colonists who settled in New England..



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.


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