Ireton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Ireton dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Ireton, also known as Kirk Ireton, a parish, in the hundred of Wirksworth, in Derbyshire. In the same parish, Ireton-Wood is a township. [1] Collectively they date back to at least the Domesday Book of 1086 when they were known as Iretune [2] and literally meant "farmstead of the Irishmen." [3]

"A parish in Derbyshire, which belonged to the family temp. Richard Coeurde-Lion. Henry, brother of Sewallis, Lord of Eatington, co. Warwick, ancestor of the noble family of Shirley, had a son Fulcher de Ireton, Lord of Ireton, direct ancestor of Henry Ireton, the son-in-law of Oliver Cromwell, whose father alienated Ireton in the reign of Elizabeth." [4]

Early Origins of the Ireton family

The surname Ireton was first found in Derbyshire but we must look to Lincolnshire for the first records of the family. It is here that Richard and Henry de Irton were listed in the Assize Rolls of 1218 and later in the Assize Rolls for Staffordshire in 1272. William de Yrton was recorded in the Assize Rolls for Lincolnshire in 1351. [5]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included mention of William de Irton as holding lands in Yorkshire at that time and of Stephen de Irtone in Derbyshire. [6]

Ralph Ireton (d. 1292), was Bishop of Carlisle, and "was a member of a family that took its name from the village of Irton, near Ravenglass in Cumberland, where it held estates that remained in its possession until the eighteenth century. A pedigree in Hutchinson's 'Cumberland' makes him the son of Stephen Irton, and assigns him two brothers, Robert and Thomas. Ralph Ireton became a canon regular of the order of St. Augustine, at the priory of Gisburne in Cleveland." [7]

Early History of the Ireton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ireton research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1559, 1619, 1662, 1531, 1685, 1769, 1611, 1651, 1611, 1605, 1610, 1651, 1615, 1689, 1658 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Ireton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireton 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 Ireton have been found, including Ireton, Ireson and others.

Early Notables of the Ireton family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Richard Ireton, High Sheriff of Cumberland in 1531; and Nathaniel Ireson (1685-1769), an English potter, architect and mason best known for his work around Wincanton in Somerset. Henry Ireton (1611-1651), regicide, baptised 3 Nov. 1611, was the eldest son of German Ireton of Attenborough, near Nottingham. "His father, who settled at Attenborough about 1605, was the younger brother of William...
Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ireton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Ireton 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 Ireton, or a variant listed above:

Ireton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Peter Ireton, a servant sent to the "foreign plantations" from Bristol, England in 1658
  • Thomas Ireton, who settled in Maryland in 1662
  • Thomas Ireton, who arrived in Maryland in 1662 [8]
  • Roger Ireton, who landed in Virginia in 1699 [8]

Canada Ireton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ireton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Ireton, who settled in Quebec in 1820
  • John Ireton, who arrived in Canada in 1820

Contemporary Notables of the name Ireton (post 1700) +

  • Amanda Ireton (b. 1979), American comedian
  • Bobby Ireton, Irish politician, Town Councillor in Gorey, Co. Wexford
  • Keith Ireton, medical researcher at the University of Toronto, Canada
  • Albert Ireton (1879-1947), British boxer

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Edward Ireton, English 3rd Class passenger from England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [9]


The Ireton Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fay ce que doy, advienne que pourra
Motto Translation: Do what you must, come what may.


  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. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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