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Early Origins of the Hanington family

The surname Hanington was first found in Hannington, a parish, in the union of Brixworth, hundred of Orlingbury Northamptonshire. Literally the place name means "estate associated with a man called Hana," from the Old English personal name + "-ing" + "tun." [1]

There are two other parishes so named, one in Southampton and the other in Wiltshire, but the Northamptonshire parish is the one that the family originates for this one dates back to before the Conquest when it was first listed as Hanningtun in 1023. The Domesday Book of 1086 listed the place as Hanitune. It also includes an entry for Alfuuin de Haminteuna, de Haningtuna, de Hanningetuna. Almost one hundred years later, John de Haninton was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Hampshire in 1176. [2]

"In a charter of A.D. 1023 Hannington (Hants) occurs as Hanningtun in the Latin portion and as Hanittún (tó Hanitúne) in the Anglo-Saxon (boundaries) part. " [3]

Adam de Hanington was listed in Westmorland, 30 Edward III (during the 30th year of King Edward III's reign.) [4]

Early History of the Hanington family

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Hanington Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hanington include Hannington, Hammington, Hanington, Haninton, Haminton, Hamigston, Hanyington, Hannyngton, Haninston and many more.

Early Notables of the Hanington family (pre 1700)

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Canada Hanington migration to Canada +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hanington were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Hanington Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William Hanington U.E. who settled in Moncton, New Brunswick c. 1785 married to Mary Derby [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hanington (post 1700) +

  • Daniel Lionel Hanington (1921-1999), Canadian Rear Admiral who survived a torpedo attack by a German U-boat during the Battle of the Atlantic, and received the Distinguished Service Cross
  • Bruce Hanington, Associate Professor and Chair of the Industrial Design Program at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Kyla Hanington (b. 1973), Canadian writer
  • James Hanington (b. 1983), Canadian politician and businessman
  • Brian Hanington, Canadian writer
  • Daniel Lionel Hanington (1839-1905), Canadian politician from New Brunswick

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X on Facebook