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". [1]

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. [2] A few years later, Ricardus de Heryngton was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax records of 1379. [3]

Early History of the Harington family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Harington research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1275, 1674, 1560, 1612, 1539, 1613, 1347, 1328, 1363, 1357, 1406, 1607, 1680, 1646, 1653, 1654, 1655, 1627, 1700, 1654, 1523, 1560, 1612, 1613, 1611, 1677, 1656, 1664 and 1693 are included under the topic Early Harington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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 (1646-1653) and Middlesex (1654-1655); and John Harrington (1627-1700), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Somerset in 1654. William Harrington (d. 1523), was an English divine, son of William Harrington, of Newbigging, Cumberland. [4] Sir John Harington (or Harrington) (1560-1612), of Kelston, was an English courtier, author and translator, popularly known as the inventor of the flush toilet. He became prominent...
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Ireland 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.


United States 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 [5]
Harington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Harington, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1854 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Harington (post 1700) +

  • Donald Harington (b. 1935), American author
  • Henry Harington (1727-1816), English musician and author, born at Kelston, Somersetshire, in September 1727, son of Henry Harington of that place, descendant of Sir John Harington
  • Sir David Harington (b. 1944), English peer, 15th Baronet of Ridlington in the county of Rutland
  • Sir Nicholas John Harington (1942-2016), English peer, 14th Baronet of Ridlington in the county of Rutland, nephew of the 13th Baronet
  • Sir Richard Dundas Harington (1900-1981), English peer, 13th Baronet of Ridlington in the county of Rutland
  • Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931), English peer, 12th Baronet of Ridlington in the county of Rutland
  • Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911), English peer, 11th Baronet of Ridlington in the county of Rutland, first cousin of the 10th Baronet
  • Sir John Edward Harington (1821-1877), English peer, 10th Baronet of Ridlington in the county of Rutland
  • Sir James Harington (1788-1835), English peer, 9th Baronet of Ridlington in the county of Rutland
  • Sir John Edward Harington (1760-1831), English peer, 8th Baronet of Ridlington in the county of Rutland
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ 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)


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