Show ContentsEtherington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Etherington is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family 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 Etherington family

The surname Etherington 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 Etherington family

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Etherington 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. Etherington has been spelled many different ways, including Etherington, Ethrington, Ethlington, Hetherington, Hetherton and many more.

Early Notables of the Etherington family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Etherington family to Ireland

Some of the Etherington family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Etherington migration to the United States +

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 Etheringtons to arrive in North America:

Etherington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Etherington was to join him three years later in 1774
Etherington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Etherington, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1878 [5]

Canada Etherington migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Etherington Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Terrence Etherington sailed into the harbour of New York in 1771

Australia Etherington migration to Australia +

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

Etherington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Etherington, British Convict who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • James Etherington, a blacksmith, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. William Etherington, (b. 1816), aged 19, English house servant who was convicted in Kent, England for 14 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [7]

New Zealand Etherington migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Etherington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Martha Etherington, (b. 1828), aged 36, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [8]
  • Mr. Charles P. Etherington, (b. 1829), aged 35, British bricklayer travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [8]
  • Miss Elizabeth Etherington, (b. 1853), aged 11, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [8]
  • Miss Margaret Etherington, (b. 1852), aged 21, English servant from Yorkshire travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Surat" going to Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1873, the ship sunk at the Catlins River all the passengers were transported to Dunedin via various rescure vessels [9]
Etherington Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century
  • Arthur Etherington, aged 19, a farmer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

West Indies Etherington 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]
Etherington Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Jon Etherington, who sailed to Barbados in 1634. Later he moved his family to the nearby island of St. Christopher (Saint Kitts)
  • Mr. Jonathan Etherington, (b. 1617), aged 17, British settler travelling from London, UK arriving in St Christopher (St. Kitts) on 5th January 1634 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Etherington (post 1700) +

  • Edwin Deacon "Ted" Etherington (1924-2001), American writer, lawyer, and civil rights advocate, President of the American Stock Exchange and Wesleyan University
  • Gary Etherington (b. 1958), English-born, American soccer player
  • Robert Dilworth Etherington (1899-1981), English footballer who played from 1921 to 1925
  • Ivor Malcolm Haddon Etherington FRSE (b. 1908), English mathematician who worked initially on general relativity
  • Craig Etherington (b. 1979), English former footballer
  • Sir Henry Etherington (1732-1819), 1st Baronet of Kingston-upon-Hull, a wealthy Kingston-upon-Hull merchant
  • Matthew Etherington (b. 1981), English footballer
  • Mr. John Etherington C.B.E., O.B.E., British Colonel, recipient of Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018 [11]
  • Agnes Richardson Etherington (1880-1954), Canadian benefactor, eponym of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, sister of James Armstrong Richartdson, sixth Chancellor of Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
  • Sir Stuart James Etherington FRSA (b. 1955), British charity executive and former social worker, Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (1994-)
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  11. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook