Show ContentsEdington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Edington has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in Eddington or Edington, places found in Berkshire, Northumberland, Somerset and Wiltshire. The place-name is derived from the old English personal name Eadwynn or Eatha, and tun, a suffix denoting enclosure, farm, settlement, or town. [1]

Early Origins of the Edington family

The surname Edington was first found in Northumberland and later in Berwickshire where the old barony so named was located in the parish of Chirnside. [2] Edrington is a medieval estate which dates back to at least the 14th century located in the lower part of Mordington parish in Berwickshire.

One of the first records of the family was William Edington (died 1366), the English bishop and administrator. He served as Bishop of Winchester from 1346 until his death, Keeper of the Wardrobe (1341-1344), Treasurer (1344-1356), and lastly Chancellor from 1356 to 1363. He founded the Edington Priory in Wiltshire and starting the extensive rebuilding of Winchester Cathedral. [3]

Sir Robert de Lawedre of Edrington (died 1425) was a Burgess of Edinburgh and a confidant of King Robert III and guardian of his son, the future James I of Scotland. Edington is a parish in the union of Westbury and Whorwelsdown, hundred of Whorwelsdown in Wiltshire. "The bishops of Salisbury had a palace here, which was plundered and destroyed during the rebellion of Jack Cade, in 1450, when Bishop Ayscough was dragged from the altar of his chapel, where he was officiating at mass, and stoned to death on a neighbouring hill." [4]

Erdington in Warwickshire was another ancient family seat. "The manor originally belonged to the earls of Mercia, and was given at the time of the Conquest to William Fitz-Ausculf, from whose descendants it passed in the reign of John to Thomas de Erdington, that monarch's ambassador to the court of Spain, by whose family the ancient manor-house, now Erdington Hall, was built." [4]

Early History of the Edington family

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Edington Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Edington have been found, including Eddington, Edington, Edlington, Erdington, Eddingtone and many more.

Early Notables of the Edington family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Henri Erdington; and William Edington (died 1366), Bishop of Winchester from 1346 until his death, Keeper of the wardrobe from...
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Edington Ranking

In the United States, the name Edington is the 7,216th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [5]

United States Edington migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Edington, or a variant listed above:

Edington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Edington, who landed in New York in 1824 [6]
Edington Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. J. Edington, aged 48, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1901
  • John Edington, aged 50, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1906
  • Minne Edington, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1908
  • Lillian Mary Edington, aged 20, who landed in America from London, England, in 1909
  • Angus Edington, aged 24, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1910
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Australia Edington migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Edington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Edington, (b. 1799), aged 20, English stone mason who was convicted in Somerset, England for 14 years for burglary, transported aboard the "Dromedary" on 11th September 1819, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1866 [7]
  • George Edington, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1847 [8]
  • Charles Edington, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" in 1849 [9]

West Indies Edington migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [10]
Edington Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • John Edington, who settled in Jamaica in 1684

Contemporary Notables of the name Edington (post 1700) +

  • Jacob "Stump" Edington (1891-1969), American Major League Baseball right fielder who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1912
  • Patricia Edington, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from Alabama, 1984; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1984, 1996, 2000 [11]
  • C. N. Edington, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Kanawha County, 1903 [11]
  • George Gordon Edington CBE, FRICS, FRSA (b. 1945), English businessman, and writer, Vice President of British Property Federation (since May 1997)
  • Alexander Edington MD CM FRSE (1860-1928), Scottish bacteriologist and medical author, known for his extensive studies of the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918
  • Sophie Edington (b. 1984), Australian nine-time gold medalist world record holding swimmer

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. George Edington, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and died in the sinking [12]

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  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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  6. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th July 2021). Retrieved from
  8. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM 1847. Retrieved from
  9. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARRY LORREQUER 1849. Retrieved from
  11. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 29) . Retrieved from
  12. HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook