Middleton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Middleton is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in one of the many places called Middleton throughout England. "There are several dozen places, larger or smaller, scattered up and down England of this name." [1] The surname Middleton belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Middleton family

The surname Middleton was first found in one of the many villages named Middleton throughout Britain. One of the earlies records of the name was Robert de Mideltone who was listed in 1166 in Eynsham, Oxfordshire. [2] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Richard de Middleton in Buckinghamshire; Thomas de Middelton in Lincolnshire; and Gilbert de Middleton in Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls revealed: Johannes de Midillton; Thomas de Midilton; and Ricardus de Midilton. [1] The Subsidy Rolls of Sussex list William de Midelton in 1327 and The Feet of Fines of Warwickshire list John Middilton (1409-1410.) [2] Middleton, Warwickshire is a parish in the union of Tamworth. "the Moxhall estate, is the property of Lord Middleton. Middleton Hall, a seat of Lord Middleton's, is an ancient moated mansion, finely situated, and surrounded by an extensive park. " [3] The name was quick to appear further north in Scotland where "the first of the name recorded appears to have been Umfridus de Midilton who witnessed a grant of the lands of Petmengartenach to the Abbey of Arbroath in 1221. " [4] A few years later, Humfrey de Middiltone of the county of Kincardyn rendered homage to King Edward I in 1296. Robert Middleton was a defender of Dunbar Castle against the English in 1296, he was taken prisoner by King Edward I of England. "For about three centuries the family here bore the designation of Middleton of that Ilk." [4]

Early History of the Middleton family

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Middleton Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Middleton are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Middleton include: Middleton, Middelton, Midleton and others.

Early Notables of the Middleton family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Middleton, Sheriff of York; his daughter Margaret (circa 1556-1586), Catholic martyr, who was canonized St. Margaret Clitherow; Thomas Middleton (1580-1627), English playwright; Sir Thomas Myddelton of Chirk Castle (1586-1666), a Welsh politician and Parliamentary general; John Middleton (c.1608-1673), 1st Earl of Middleton; John Middleton (died 1636), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1614 and 1629; Thomas Middleton (1589-c.1662), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1640 and 1660, supporter of the Parliamentarian side in the English Civil War; Hugh Middleton, Commander...
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United States Middleton migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Middleton or a variant listed above:

Middleton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Antony Middleton, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Anthony Middleton, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [5]
  • Charles Middleton, who landed in Maryland in 1633 [5]
  • Charles Middleton, who arrived in Virginia in 1633
  • Charles Middleton, who settled in Maryland in 1633
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Middleton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Middleton, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [5]
  • Eliza Middleton, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [5]
  • Alexander Middleton, who arrived in Boston in 1734
  • Alexander Middleton, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1734 [5]
Middleton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James M Middleton, aged 27, who landed in Rhode Island in 1812 [5]
  • Samuel Middleton, who landed in America in 1824 [5]
  • Fancy Middleton, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1826 [5]
  • Robert Middleton, who arrived in New York in 1839 [5]
  • David Middleton, who arrived in New York in 1843 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Middleton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Middleton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Anthony Middleton U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 363 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [6]
Middleton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Jane Middleton, aged 18, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • John Middleton, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Mr. Robert Middleton, aged 24 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Yorkshire" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle on 10th September 1847 [7]

Australia Middleton migration to Australia +

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

Middleton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Middleton, English convict from Buckinghamshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
  • Thomas Middleton, English convict from Herefordshire, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]
  • Joseph Middleton, aged 33, a labourer, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [10]
  • Elizabeth Middleton, aged 30, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [10]
  • Thomas Middleton, aged 10, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Middleton migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Middleton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Middleton, aged 38, a blacksmith, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Middleton, aged 36, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Alexander Middleton, aged 16, a blacksmith, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • J. Middleton, American settler travelling from Honolulu aboard the ship "Tyrian" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 29th October 1851 [11]
  • Mr. Thomas Middleton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lord Worsley" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th October 1858 [12]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Middleton (post 1700) +

  • Harry Joseph Middleton Jr. (1921-2017), American journalist and author; he served as Lyndon B. Johnson's Presidential speech writer and staff assistant from 1967 to 1969
  • Lieutenant-General Troy Houston Middleton (1889-1976), American Commanding General VIII Corps, North-West Europe (1944-1945) [13]
  • Brigadier-General John William Middleton (1897-1957), American Military Attaché to India (1947-1950) [14]
  • Robert Middleton (1911-1977), American actor
  • George Middleton (1880-1967), American playwright
  • Charles B. Middleton (1879-1949), American actor
  • C. C. Middleton, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1932 [15]
  • Arthur Middleton (1742-1787), American politician, Delegate to South Carolina State Constitutional Convention, 1776; Delegate to Continental Congress from South Carolina, 1776; Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1778; Member of South Carolina State Senate, 1781 [15]
  • Alfred J. Middleton Sr., American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Alabama 7th District, 1994 [15]
  • Alfred Middleton (b. 1880), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Glasgow, 1907-09 [15]
  • ... (Another 56 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Frank R Middleton (b. 1912), English Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Rugby, Warwickshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [16]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Andrew Findley Christie Middleton (1923-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [17]
RMS Lusitania
  • Miss Alice Middleton, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Seattle, Washington, USA returning to England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [18]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. M.V. Middleton (d. 1912), aged 24, English Saloon Steward from London, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Alfred Pirrie Middleton (d. 1912), aged 17, Irish Junior Sixth Engineer from Belfast, Ireland who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [19]


Suggested Readings for the name Middleton +

  • 556 The Middletons and Kindred Families of Southern Maryland by Daniel B. Lloyd, A Record of the Descendants of John Brown by Rohease Brown Cook.

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  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  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)
  6. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  7. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 47)
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, May 9) Troy Middleton. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Middleton/Troy_Houston/USA.html
  14. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, May 9) John Middleton. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Middleton/John_William/USA.html
  15. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  16. ^ 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 http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  17. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  18. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  19. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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