Herrington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Herrington dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family 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 Herrington family

The surname Herrington 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 Herrington family

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Herrington Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Herrington have been found, including Harrington, Harington and others.

Early Notables of the Herrington 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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Herrington Ranking

In the United States, the name Herrington is the 1,884th most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Herrington family to Ireland

Some of the Herrington 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 Herrington migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Herrington, or a variant listed above:

Herrington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Humphrey Herrington, who landed in Maryland in 1664 [6]
  • George Herrington, who arrived in Maryland in 1675 [6]
Herrington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Herrington, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765 [6]
Herrington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Seth Herrington, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1888 [6]

Canada Herrington migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Herrington Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Anthony W Herrington, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Jeremiah Herrington, who arrived in Canada in 1831

Australia Herrington migration to Australia +

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

Herrington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Herrington, British Convict who was convicted in Sussex, England for life, transported aboard the "Earl Spencer" in May 1813, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Mr. Henry Herrington, English convict who was convicted in Wiltshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Eliza" on 2nd February 1831, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [8]
  • Mr. James Herrington, English convict who was convicted in Chelmsford, Essex, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Earl Grey" on 4th October 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [9]
  • Mr. Ambrose Herrington, English convict who was convicted in Kent, England for 20 years, transported aboard the "China" on 90th January 1846, arriving in Norfolk Island, Australia [10]

New Zealand Herrington 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:

Herrington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Jeremiah Herrington, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840

Contemporary Notables of the name Herrington (post 1700) +

  • Maycie Herrington (b. 1918), American history conservator, social worker, and community volunteer, known for her work on the history of the Tuskegee Airmen
  • William Herrington (1969-2018), also known as Aniki, was an American model and film actor
  • John Stewart Herrington (b. 1939), American Republican politician, 5th United States Secretary of Energy (1985-1989) [11]
  • Daniel Herrington (b. 1986), American racing driver
  • Rowdy L. Herrington (b. 1951), American Hollywood director and writer
  • John Bennett Herrington (b. 1958), retired United States naval aviator, former NASA Astronaut with over 330 hours in space [12]
  • John Herrington, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008 [13]
  • Jacob Herrington, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate, 1821-25 [13]
  • Dennis W. Herrington, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 7th District, 1863 [13]
  • Cass E. Herrington (b. 1856), American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives, 1887 [13]
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th September 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-spencer
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th February 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eliza
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-gray
  10. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 5th February 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/china)
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2010, December 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) John Herrington. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/herringt.html
  13. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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