The Northampton surname is derived from the Middle English words "north" and "toun," meaning "town." It may have originally been a topographic name for someone living to the north of a main settlement, or a habitational name from any of several places named with this phrase, such as Norrington in Wiltshire.
Early Origins of the Northampton family
The surname Northampton
was first found in Worcestershire
, where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1272 when Robert of Norinton held estates. The family may have derived their name from Norrington in Wiltshire
about the year 1200 but we find no record of an individual from that county.
Early History of the Northampton family
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of this family name include: Norrinton, Norrington, Norington, Norinton, Norwington and many more.
Early Notables of the Northampton family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Northampton family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alice Norrington, who came to Virginia in 1665; John Norrington, who arrived in Maryland in 1681; William Norrington, who arrived in Virginia in 1697.
Contemporary Notables of the name Northampton (post 1700)
- John Northampton, reformist Lord Mayor of London in the 1380s