Show ContentsHuntington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Huntington is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived 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 Huntington family

The surname Huntington 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]

The source Old English Bynames, includes Eustace de Huntedune, de Huntendone who was registered in the Domesday Book of 1086. [2] Years later, Humphrey de Huntendun was registered in Bedfordshire in 1202, as was William de Huntinton in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire c. 1280. In Lancashire, Robert Huntyngdon was listed there in the Assize Rolls of 1375. [3]

Gregory of Huntingdon (fl. 1290), was an early English monk of Ramsey, of which abbey he is said to have been prior for thirty-eight years, is described as a man of much learning, acquainted with Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. [4]

Henry of Huntingdon (1084?-1155), was an early historian, born between 1080 and 1085, the son of Nicholas, a churchman, whom he styles 'stella cleri,' and who may possibly have been the archdeacon of Huntingdon who had died in 1110. [4]

By the time of the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the name was widespread: Adam de Huntindon, London; Alan de Huntingdon, Lincolnshire; Robert de Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire; and Agnes de Huntingdone, Cambridgeshire. [5]

In Yorkshire, Peter Wodfoghel de Huntington, was listed as Freeman of York (1313-1320) and the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included: Johannes de Huntyngton; and Thomas de Huntyngton as both holding lands there at that time. [5]

Early History of the Huntington family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huntington research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1553, 1637, 1683 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Huntington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Huntington Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Huntington has been spelled many different ways, including Huntington, Huntingdon and others.

Early Notables of the Huntington family

Notables of this surname at this time include:

  • Reverend Robert Huntington, was curate of Deerhurst in Gloucestershire; and his son, Robert Huntington (1637-1701), was an English churchman, Orientalist and manuscript collector, Provost of Trinity C...

Huntington Ranking

In the United States, the name Huntington is the 4,306th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [6]

United States Huntington migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Huntingtons to arrive in North America:

Huntington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Simon Huntington, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633 aboard the ship "Elizabeth Bonaventure" [7]
  • Mrs. Margaret Huntington, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633 aboard the ship "Elizabeth Bonaventure" [8]
  • Mr. Christopher Huntington, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633 aboard the ship "Elizabeth Bonaventure" [8]
  • Miss Anne Huntington, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633 aboard the ship "Elizabeth Bonaventure" [8]
  • Mr. Thomas Huntington, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633 aboard the ship "Elizabeth Bonaventure" [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Huntington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Huntington, who arrived in New York in 1785 [7]
Huntington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Huntington, aged 45, who landed in New York in 1812 [7]
  • Ellen Huntington, aged 19, who arrived in New York in 1862 [7]
  • Joseph Huntington, aged 24, who landed in New York in 1862 [7]

Australia Huntington migration to Australia +

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

Huntington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Jane Huntington, English Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atwick" on 28 September 1837, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Huntington (post 1700) +

  • Ellery Huntington Jr. (1893-1987), American football player and coach, head football coach at Colgate University (1919-1921), College Football Hall of Fame inductee, son of the Ellery Huntington Sr
  • Benjamin Huntington (1736-1800), American lawyer, jurist and politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut (1789-1791)
  • Ellery Huntington Sr. (1865-1945), American college athletics coach, administrator, and professor, head basketball coach at Colgate University (1900-1913)
  • Ebenezer Huntington (1754-1834), American officer in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War
  • Archer Milton Huntington (1870-1955), American son of Arabella Huntington, stepson of railroad magnate and industrialist Collis P. Huntington
  • Neal Alden Huntington (b. 1969), American General Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball
  • Arabella Yarrington "Belle" Huntington (1851-1924), second wife of American railway tycoon and industrialist Collis P. Huntington; at one time the richest woman in America
  • Sam Huntington (b. 1982), American actor, best known for his starring role as werewolf Josh Levinson in the Syfy series Being Human
  • Jedediah Huntington (1743-1818), American general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War
  • Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington (1876-1973), American sculptor, awarded Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur
  • ... (Another 70 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Ernest S Huntington (b. 1915), English Sergeant serving for the Royal Marine from Seaford, Eastbourne, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [10]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Henry Louis Huntington, American Seaman Second Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [11]

Suggested Readings for the name Huntington +

  • Norris, Hackett, Prescott and Allied Families: Our Ancestors and Their Descendants, Including Adams, Andrews, Bachelder, Bartlett, Boulter, Brewer, Brown, Harding, Hinkley, Howard, Huntington et al by Hugh Albert Johns.
  • The Hunington Letters, In the Possession of Julia Chester Wells.. Printed for Private Distribution by William Denison McCraken.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. 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)
  8. Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's Retrieved January 6th 2023, retrieved from
  9. Convict Records of Australia. Retreived 23rd August 2020 from
  10. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from
  11. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook