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The present generation of the Millington family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in either of the settlements named Millington in Cheshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire, or at any farm with a mill. The surname Millington belongs to both the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads, and the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.

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The surname Millington was first found in Cheshire at Millington, a civil parish or at Millington, a small village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Both were listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. The Cheshire parish was listed as Mulintune and at that time was held by William Malbank. Rather small, it had land enough for one plough. However the Yorkshire listings were spelt Mileton, Milleton and Milletone and each had their own entry. [1] These have evolved into the modern day places of Millington Woods, Millington Pastures and Millington Springs. The place name literally means "farmstead with a mill" having derived from the Old English myln + tun. [2]

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Millington include Millington, Milington, Mellington and others.


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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Millington were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Millington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Rowland Millington settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Rowland Millington, aged 24, landed in St Christopher in 1635
  • Joan Millington, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Joan Millington and her husband, who settled in Virginia in 1650
  • Samuel Millington, who arrived in Maryland in 1661


Millington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John W Millington, who landed in New York in 1831
  • George H Millington, who landed in New York, NY in 1849

Millington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Millington, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Henry Millington arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838
  • William Millington, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia
  • William Millington arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Blundell" in 1851

Millington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Simon Millington a bricklayer, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "City of Dunedin" in 1871
  • Rosanna Millington arrived in Otago aboard the ship "City of Dunedin" in 1871
  • Robert Millington arrived in Otago aboard the ship "City of Dunedin" in 1871
  • Samuel Millington a bricklayer, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "City of Dunedin" in 1871
  • Jesse Millington a bricklayer, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "City of Dunedin" in 1871


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  • June Millington (b. 1948), Philippine American guitarist
  • Stephen R. Millington, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Herkimer County 1st District, 1860
  • Michael T. Millington, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972
  • Helene Millington, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1984, 1988
  • Fred P. Millington, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 15th District, 1940
  • Daniel Azro Millington (1823-1891), American politician, Mayor of Winfield, Kansas, 1875-76
  • Charles Stephen Millington (1855-1913), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1908; U.S. Representative from New York 27th District, 1909-11; Defeated, 1910
  • Brian K. Millington, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Oakland County 4th District, 1961
  • Charles John Henry "Charlie" Millington (1884-1955), English professional footballer
  • Harry Millington, English former professional rugby league footballer

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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