Eldrington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Eldrington family

The surname Eldrington was first found in Northumberland at Elrington, a hamlet Cambridgeshire with Elrington Wood and Elrington Burn nearby. [1] However, we must look to Cambridgeshire to find the first record of the family. For it is there that in 1474, John Elrynton held taxable estates at that time. [1]

Early History of the Eldrington family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eldrington research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1537, 1455, 1487, 1520, 1566, 1553, 1554, 1688, 1732 and 1878 are included under the topic Early Eldrington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eldrington 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 Eldrington family name include Elrington, Ellrington, Elryington, Ellryngton, Elerington, Ellerington and many more.

Early Notables of the Eldrington family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Elrington or Elderton (?1520-1566), an English politician, Member of the Parliament for New Shoreham in October 1553 and Bramber in November 1554; and Thomas Elrington (1688-1732), an English actor, born in London who frequented Ireland and London frequently...
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Migration of the Eldrington 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 Eldrington surname or a spelling variation of the name include: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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