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The name Scranton arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Scranton family lived in Nottinghamshire, at the manor of Screveton, from where they took their name.

Early Origins of the Scranton family

The surname Scranton was first found in Nottinghamshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Screveton. The manor was originally Escreventone, which transitionally emerged as Screveton, and was locally pronounced Screeton or Screaton. Conjecturally, this distinguished family are descended from Roger de Bully, the holder of the manor from the Bishop of Bayeux.

Early History of the Scranton family

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Scranton Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Screeton, Screton, Screaton, Scratten, Scretton, Screveton, Scratton and many more.

Early Notables of the Scranton family

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Scranton Ranking

In the United States, the name Scranton is the 10,985th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Scranton migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Scranton or a variant listed above:

Scranton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Scranton, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1637 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Scranton (post 1700) +

  • Deborah Scranton, Jewish American director, best known for her work on The War Tapes and Earth Made Of Glass, winner of a Peabody Award
  • Mary Lowe Scranton (1918-2015), American consultant, community advocate and philanthropist, the First Lady of Pennsylvania from 1963 to 1967
  • Mary F. Scranton (1832-1909), American Methodist Episcopal Church missionary
  • James Dean "Jim" Scranton (b. 1960), American former Major League Baseball infielder for the Kansas City Royals in 1984 and 1985
  • George Whitfield Scranton (1811-1861), American Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1859-1861)
  • Joseph Augustine Scranton (1838-1908), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1881-1883)
  • Nancy Scranton (b. 1961), American professional LPGA golfer
  • William Worthington Scranton III (b. 1947), American politician, the 26th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania from 1979 to 1987
  • William Warren Scranton (1917-2013), American Republican Party politician, the 38th Governor of Pennsylvania from 1963 to 1967, United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 1976 to 1977
  • C. W. Scranton, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Orange, 1912 [3]
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 14) . Retrieved from on Facebook