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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

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The Garlington surname is thought to be a habitational name taken on from a now lost or unidentified place name in England.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Girling, Girlyn, Girlington, Gerlinston, Garlington, Gerling, Gerlin, Girlin, Gerlyn, Gerlinge, Gylinge and many more.

First found in Norfolk where they were they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1296 when William Girlyn held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Garlington research. Another 322 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1177, 1455, 1487, and 1642 are included under the topic Early Garlington History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Garlington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Xtoper Garlington, who arrived in Virginia in 1649

Garlington Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Ernest Albert Garlington, aged 54, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Albert C. Garlington, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Creeswell Garlington, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1914
  • John C. Garlington, aged 10, who landed in America, in 1914

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  • Brigadier-General Creswell Garlington (1887-1945), American Attached to Headquarters 7th Service Command (1944-1945)
  • John M Garlington (1946-2000), American professional (NFL) football linebacker
  • Ernest Albert Garlington (1853-1934), United States Army general who received the Medal of Honor during the Indian Wars
  • Ann Leslie "Lee" Garlington (b. 1953), American actress


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  1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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The Garlington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Garlington Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 19 November 2015 at 17:23.

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