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Where did the English Millington family come from? What is the English Millington family crest and coat of arms? When did the Millington family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Millington family history?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.
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.
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.  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. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Millington research. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1598, 1666, 1628 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Millington History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 117 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Millington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
Millington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Millington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Millington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Millington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Millington Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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