The earliest origins of the name Follington date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons
. The name is derived from the Latin name Valentinus,
which is a derivative of the word valens,
which means strong
This name, which was popularized by a Roman saint who was martyred during the 3rd century, was introduced into England
at the end of the 12th century.
Early Origins of the Follington family
The surname Follington was first found in Herefordshire
where they held a family seat
anciently before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Follington family
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Follington Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Follington include Valentine, Vallentine, Vallantine, Follington and others.
Early Notables of the Follington family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Follington family to Ireland
Some of the Follington family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 102 words (7 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 Follington family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Follington or a variant listed above:
Follington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Follington, aged 35, who arrived in New York in 1812 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Follington (post 1700)
- Edwin Follington, Australian politician, Mayor of Cockburn, Western Australia (1925-1926)