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The lineage of the name Singleton begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the village of Singleton found in the counties of Lancashire and Sussex. The surname Singleton is a habitation surname which was originally derived from pre-exiting names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The literal meaning of the surname Singleton is farm in the burnt clearing from the Old English word sengel. 
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Singleton has undergone many spelling variations, including Singleton, Singleturn, Shingleton and others.
First found in Lancashire at Singleton-in-the-Fylde (Singleton), a chapelry, in the parish of Kirkham, union of the Fylde, hundred of Amounderness or in Sussex at Singleton, a parish, in the union of West Hampnett, hundred of Westbourn and Singleton. The Lancashire chapelry seems to point to the family's origin as in "Singleton (Lancashire) is mentioned in the Domesday Survey, and was once the property of a family of the local name"  and "a parish in Sussex, and a chapelry in Lancashire. The latter was long possessed by a very ancient family. "  The chapelry was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Singletun  and in 1185 as Sengelton.  The township of Thornley cum Wheatley in Lancashire was once held by the family. "Thomas, Earl of Derby, in the 14th of Henry VII., purchased the manor of Thornley-cum-Wheatley from Charles Singleton."  Warton in Lancashire was also an early home of the family. "In the 7th of Henry VIII. the manor of Warton was held by Richard Singleton, of Broughton Tower." 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Singleton research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1677, 1640, 1618, 1637 and are included under the topic Early Singleton History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Singleton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Singleton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Singleton were among those contributors:
Singleton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Singleton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Singleton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Singleton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Singleton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Singleton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Singleton 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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