Parrington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Parrington was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Parrington family lived in parishes at Cambridge, Berkshire, Somerset and Gloucester. Their original family seat was at Barentin in Normandy, and they were one of a group of families that draw their name from this location.
Early Origins of the Parrington family
The surname Parrington was first found in Cambridge and Lincolnshire where they have held a family seat from very ancient times. Barrington or De Barenton was located near Caudebec, Normandy.  They were granted manors and estates by Duke William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Parrington family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parrington research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1917, 1588, 1570, 1628, 1601, 1611, 1621, 1628, 1644, 1621, 1629, 1605, 1683, 1645, 1648, 1660, 1679, 1671, 1715 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Parrington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Parrington 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 Barrington, Barentin, Berrington, Berington, Berinton, Barenten, Barenton, Barentine, Barentyn, Barrinton, Barrenkton, Barringston and many more.
Early Notables of the Parrington family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Berrington, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1588; Sir Francis Barrington, 1st Baronet (ca. 1570-1628), an English lawyer and politician, Member of Parliament for Essex (1601-1611) and (1621-1628); his son, Sir Thomas Barrington, 2nd Baronet (died 1644)...
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Migration of the Parrington family to Ireland
Some of the Parrington family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 56 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Parrington migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Parrington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Charles Parrington, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836 
Contemporary Notables of the name Parrington (post 1700) +
- Dave Parrington, American diving coach at the University of Tennessee
- Robert Parrington (b. 1952), American professional football player
- Gareth Parrington (b. 1978), American former child actor, known for his work in Harry's Mad (1993), Soldier Soldier (1991) and Boon (1986)
- Vernon Louis Parrington (1871-1929), American historian and football coach
- William Ferguson Parrington (1889-1980), English cricketer who played first-class cricket for Derbyshire in 1926
- Dr John Parrington, British University Lecturer in Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology at the University of Oxford
- Captain James Parrington Gornall DSO (1899-1983), English cricketer, former Captain of HMS Orion (1941)
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The Parrington Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Ung durant ma vie
Motto Translation: The same while I live.
- ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Cygnet arrived Holdfast Bay, Adealide Sept. 11, 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Cygnet.htm