Huntingdon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Huntingdon comes from the family having resided in the settlement of Huntingdon in the county of Huntingdonshire, or in one of the various places called Huntington in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, and the North Riding of Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Huntingdon family

The surname Huntingdon was first found in Huntingdon in Huntingdonshire. "This place, called by the Saxons Huntantun, and in the Norman survey Huntersdune, appears to have derived its name from its situation in a tract of country which was anciently an extensive forest abounding with deer, and well suited for the purposes of the chase. A castle was built here in 917, by Edward the Elder, and enlarged by David, Earl of Huntingdon and King of Scotland." [1]

Early History of the Huntingdon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huntingdon research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1637, 1701, 1683 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Huntingdon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Huntingdon Spelling Variations

Huntingdon has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Huntington, Huntingdon and others.

Early Notables of the Huntingdon family (pre 1700)

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United States Huntingdon migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Huntingdons to arrive on North American shores:

Huntingdon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Z W Huntingdon, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]

Canada Huntingdon migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Huntingdon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Geogre P Huntingdon, who arrived in Canada in 1831

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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) on Facebook
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