Harrington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Harrington surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived 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 Harrington family

The surname Harrington 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 Harrington family

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Harrington Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Harrington include Harrington, Harington and others.

Early Notables of the Harrington 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 Harrington family to Ireland

Some of the Harrington 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 Harrington migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Harrington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Harrington who arrived in Virginia in 1606
  • Thomas Harrington, who settled in Maryland in 1633
  • Elias Harrington, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Elias Harrington, aged 22, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [5]
  • Jo Harrington, who arrived in Maryland in 1635 [5]
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Harrington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Harrington, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1768 [5]
Harrington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Harrington, who landed in Alexandria, Va in 1818 [5]
  • C. Harrington, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1822
  • Michael Harrington, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1840 [5]
  • Bridget Harrington, who settled in Boston in 1850
  • Joseph Harrington, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]
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Canada Harrington migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Harrington Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jabez Harrington, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
Harrington Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Johana Harrington, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1826
  • Honors Harrington, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1828
  • John Harrington, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • John Harrington, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Reuben Harrington, who arrived in Canada in 1832
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Harrington Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Miss N Harrington, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Harrington migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Harrington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Harrington, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • E. Harrington, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836 [7]
  • James Harrington, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837 [8]
  • Amelia Harrington, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837 [8]
  • Eliza Harrington, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837 [8]
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New Zealand Harrington migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Harrington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Mary Ann Harrington, (b. 1803), aged 52, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Grasmere" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th May 1855 [9]
  • Mr. William Harrington, (b. 1803), aged 52, British wheelwright travelling from London aboard the ship "Grasmere" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th May 1855 [9]
  • Mr. Thomas Harrington, (b. 1835), aged 20, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Grasmere" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th May 1855 [9]
  • Miss Eliza Harrington, (b. 1837), aged 18, British servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Grasmere" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th May 1855 [9]
  • Miss Sarah Ann Harrington, (b. 1842), aged 17, English domestic servant from Suffolk travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th November 1859 [10]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Harrington (post 1700) +

  • Edward Harrington (1935-2018), known by his stage name Eddy Clearwater, an American blues musician
  • Charles Michael "Mickey" Harrington (1934-2017), American Major League Baseball player who played one game for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1963
  • William P. Harrington, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 12th District, 1962; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 17th District, 1964, 1966 [11]
  • William J. Harrington, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Windsor, 1939-40 [11]
  • William F. Harrington, American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 16th District, 1935 [11]
  • William F. Harrington, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1908 [11]
  • Walter H. Harrington (b. 1860), American Republican politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Pomfret, 1910 [11]
  • William Harrington, American politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1883 [11]
  • Walter Harrington, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1940 [11]
  • Vincent Francis Harrington (1903-1943), American Democrat politician, Member of Iowa State Senate, 1933-37; U.S. Representative from Iowa 9th District, 1937-42 [11]
  • ... (Another 124 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Albert Frederick Harrington (1918-1941), Australian Acting Leading Seaman from Victoria Park, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [12]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Timothy Harrington (d. 1945), British Stoker 1st Class aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [13]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Kenneth Harrington, British Boy Telegraphist with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [14]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Charles Henry Harrington (d. 1912), aged 37, American First Class passenger from Washington, D.C. who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [15]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Keith Homer Harrington, American Seaman First Class from Missouri, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [16]


Suggested Readings for the name Harrington +

  • 426 Harrington-Heath Heritage: Ancestors and Descendants (1600-1984) of Oramel Warren Harrington and Martha C. Heath by Ruth Haddox Harrington, The Ancestry of Marie Louise Harrington and Her Bagley Descendants by David Harrington Bagley.

  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)
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Cygnet arrived Holdfast Bay, Adealide Sept. 11, 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Cygnet.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  13. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  14. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  15. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  16. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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