Show ContentsHeatherton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Heatherton is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Heatherton family lived in Hetherington in Northumberland. The "E" prefix, as in the name Etherington, is a shortened form of the name and has the same phonetic sound. [1]

Early Origins of the Heatherton family

The surname Heatherton was first found in Northumberland at Hetherington. This ancient Saxon village was derived from the word "haeth", meaning a heath and "tun" a settlement, thus "the farm of the heath." [2]

Edmund de Hetherynton was listed in the Assize Rolls of Northumberland in 1316. [3] But before that, Richard de Hetherington was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1298 eighteen years before. [3]

"The Hetheringtons, who have their present home in Carlisle and its neighbourhood, belong to an ancient border - family that often produced persons of note; in the reign of Henry VIII. George Hethrington, as king's bailiff, "kept watch and ward" in the parish of Kirklinton, on the west marches (H.). Ambrose Hetherington was vicar of Kendal in the reign of Elizabeth." [4]

Early History of the Heatherton family

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Heatherton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Etherington, Ethrington, Ethlington, Hetherington, Hetherton and many more.

Early Notables of the Heatherton family

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Ireland Migration of the Heatherton family to Ireland

Some of the Heatherton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Heatherton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Heatherton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Heatherton, aged 5, settler from England who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Lucy Ann" in 1830 [5]
  • Geo Heatherton, aged 35, settler from England who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Lucy Ann" in 1830 [5]
  • Hannah Heatherton, aged 25, settler from England who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Lucy Ann" in 1830 [5]
  • Cuthberth Heatherton, aged 7, settler from England who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Lucy Ann" in 1830 [5]
  • Margaret Heatherton, settler from England who arrived in New York aboard the ship "Lucy Ann" in 1830 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Heatherton (post 1700) +

  • Davenie Johanna "Joey" Heatherton (b. 1944), American actress, dancer, and singer, a sex symbol of the 1960s and 1970s, daughter of Ray Heatherton
  • Erin Heatherton (b. 1989), born Erin Heather Bubley, an American fashion model, a Victoria's Secret Angel from 2010 to 2013.
  • Ray Heatherton (1909-1997), American Broadway musical theatre performer, known for his role as The Merry Mailman


  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from https://heritage.statueofliberty.org/passenger-result


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