Hetherton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Hetherton 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 Hetherton 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 Hetherton family

The surname Hetherton 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 Hetherton family

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

Hetherton Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Hetherton family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Hetherton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hetherton family to Ireland

Some of the Hetherton 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 Hetherton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hetherton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Hetherton, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [5]
Hetherton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Hetherton, who landed in America in 1804 [5]
  • William Hetherton, who arrived in Virginia in 1809 [5]
  • Betsy Hetherton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [5]
  • David Hetherton, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1847
  • Mary A. Hetherton, aged 11, who immigrated to the United States from Wingate, in 1892
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hetherton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mary Kate Hetherton, aged 16, who landed in America from Cavan, in 1902
  • Mrs. Wm. Hetherton, aged 59, who settled in America from Glasgow, in 1903
  • Persival Hetherton, aged 18, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1903
  • John Hetherton, aged 21, who landed in America from Dublin, in 1904
  • Delia Hetherton, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Cavan, in 1904
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hetherton (post 1700) +



  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)


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