Harington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxon name Harington comes from when the family resided at a local named Harrington, in Cumberland. Today, Harrington is on the Cumbrian coast with a population of about 5000. There is a small hamlet named Harrington in Lincolnshire and a small village and civil parish in Northamptonshire so named. The name was derived from the Old English Hoeferingtun which meant "settlement associated with Hoefer" or "settlement on stony ground". 
Early Origins of the Harington family
The surname Harington was first found in Cumberland, where the first record of the name was Robert de Heverington in the reign of Richard I (1189-1199). William de Harinton was listed in the Assize Rolls on Lancashire in 1202 and Richard de Harington was listed in the Rotuli Hundredorum of 1274. John Harington was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327.  A few years later, Ricardus de Heryngton was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax records of 1379. 
Early History of the Harington family
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Harington Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Harington has been recorded under many different variations, including Harrington, Harington and others.
Early Notables of the Harington family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Harington, 1st Baron Harington (d. 1347); John Harington, 2nd Baron Harington (1328-1363); Robert Harington, 3rd Baron Harington (1357-1406); Sir James Harrington or Harington, 3rd Baronet of Ridlington (1607-1680), an English Member of Parliament for Rutland...
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Migration of the Harington family to Ireland
Some of the Harington family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Harington migration to the United States
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Harington or a variant listed above:
Harington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Harington, who arrived in Maryland in 1633 
Harington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Daniel Harington, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1854 
Contemporary Notables of the name Harington (post 1700)
- Donald Harington (b. 1935), American author
- Sir Richard Dundas Harington, 13th Baronet
- John Charles Dundas Harington (b. 1903), Judge of County Courts
- Vernon Harington, Recorder of the Crown Court
- General Sir Charles Harington (1872-1940), one time Deputy Chief of the Imperial General Staff
- Maurice Harington Kaufmann (1927-1997), British actor of stage, TV and film
- John Harington Gubbins (1852-1929), British linguist
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