Hetherington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Hetherington 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 Hetherington 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 Hetherington family

The surname Hetherington 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 Hetherington family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hetherington research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1100 and are included under the topic Early Hetherington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hetherington Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Hetherington family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Hetherington family to Ireland

Some of the Hetherington family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 106 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 Hetherington migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hetherington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Catherine Hetherington, who settled in New England in 1679
Hetherington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Abigail Hetherington, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1711-1712 [5]
  • Walter Hetherington, who settled in Maryland in 1725
  • Theophilis Hetherington, who landed in Georgia in 1732 [5]
Hetherington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christopher Hetherington, who arrived in America in 1806 [5]
  • Hugh Hetherington, who arrived in America in 1807 [5]
  • Geo Hetherington, aged 24, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812 [5]
  • John Hetherington, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [5]
  • Sarah Hetherington, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hetherington migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hetherington Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Ann Hetherington, aged 8 months who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "John Francis" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle In June 1847 [6]
  • Mr. Hugh Hetherington, aged 40 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Dykes" departing from the port of Sligo, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle on October 7th, 1847 [6]
  • Mr. James Hetherington, aged 49 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Wandsworth" departing from the port of Dublin, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle In June 1847 [6]
  • Mrs. Jane Hetherington, aged 30 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Dykes" departing from the port of Sligo, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle on June 16th, 1847 [6]
  • Mr. John Hetherington, aged 28 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Argo" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle In June 1847 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Hetherington migration to Australia +

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

Hetherington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Hetherington, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849 [7]

New Zealand Hetherington 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:

Hetherington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Hetherington, (b. 1824), aged 35, English bricklayer from Middlesex travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Victory " arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th May 1859 [8]
  • Mrs. Esther Hetherington, (b. 1831), aged 28, English settler from Middlesex travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Victory " arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th May 1859 [8]
  • Mr. John Hetherington, (b. 1853), aged 20, Irish farm labourer from Cavan travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Surat" going to Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1873, the ship sunk at the Catlins River all the passengers were transported to Dunedin via various rescure vessels [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hetherington (post 1700) +

  • Chris Ray Hetherington (b. 1972), former American NFL football fullback
  • Chris Hetherington (b. 1972), American professional NFL football player
  • William J. Hetherington, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Ozaukee County, 1948 [9]
  • Oral R. Hetherington Sr., American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 85th District, 1974 [9]
  • Nancy Hetherington, American Democrat politician, Member of Rhode Island State House of Representatives 28th District, 2001 [9]
  • I. J. Hetherington, American politician, Burgess of Bristol, Pennsylvania, 1950-52 [9]
  • Homer Alvin Hetherington (1923-1982), American politician, Mayor of Winfield, Kansas, 1971, 1974 [9]
  • George M. Hetherington, American politician, Postmaster at La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1957-67 [9]
  • Henry Hetherington (1792-1849), English printer and publisher of unstamped newspapers, born in Compton Street, Soho, London [10]
  • Thomas Burns "Tom" Hetherington (1911-1968), English professional footballer
  • ... (Another 21 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Walter Lewis Hetherington, English Third Senior 3rd Engineer from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [11]


  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. ^ 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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 33)
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN MUNN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849JohnMunnPassengers.htm
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  11. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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