Lockinton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Lockinton is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Lockinton family lived in Lockington, a small village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

However another noted source claims the name was derived from "Robert de Louinton [who] held in Dorset and Somerset in 1189-90 (Pipe Rolls): and Roger de Lokinton, [who] in 1246, witnesses Henry II.'s charter to Ivychurch Priory. Robert and William de Lokinton, and William's daughter Margery, occur in Yorkshire about 1272." [1]

This source continues: "In Cumberland they held the Barony of Burgh-upon-Sands, which Richard, the son of Adam de Levinton, inherited in 1229. He died in 1249, childless; and was succeeded by his brother Ralph, who had already considerable possessions, for his wife Ada, one of the two daughters and co-heirs of Joan de Morville, became, by the death of her sister Helewise de Vernon, eventually the sole heiress." [1]

Early Origins of the Lockinton family

The surname Lockinton was first found in East Yorkshire at Lockington, a small village and civil parish that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was listed as Locheton. [2] The place name literally means "estate associated with a man called Loca." [3]

Alternatively, the first element could have been derived from the Old English word "locing" which meant "enclosure." [3]

Lockington is also a village in the Leicestershire parish of Lockington cum Hemington about seven miles from Loughborough. [4] This latter village is home to Lockington Hall is a 17th-century country house. The two manors of Lockington (Nether Hall and Over Hall) were anciently held by the Abbot and Convent of Leicester but both were sold after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. As of 1973, the hall was converted for use as offices.

Locking Castle was a castle that once stood on CarBerry Hill near the site of RAF Locking in Locking in the North Somerset district of Somerset, England. Little is known about the origin of the castle, other than in 1214 Locking was given to Woodspring Priory.

Early History of the Lockinton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lockinton research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1272, 1307, 1273 and 1648 are included under the topic Early Lockinton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lockinton Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Lockton, Lokton, Lockston, Loxton, Loketon, Locktone, Lockten and many more.

Early Notables of the Lockinton family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Lockinton family

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Lockinton or a variant listed above: John Lockton, who was recorded in Barbados in 1678; William Logsden, who received a land patent in Maryland in 1673; John Lockton, who was naturalized in Detroit in 1853..



  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  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. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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