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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. [1]

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The surname Singleton was 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" [2] and "a parish in Sussex, and a chapelry in Lancashire. The latter was long possessed by a very ancient family. " [3] The chapelry was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Singletun [4] and in 1185 as Sengelton. [1] 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." [2] 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." [2]

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.


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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.

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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.

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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


  • Mary Singleton, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1625
  • Joe Singleton, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Singleton, aged 18, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Henry Singleton, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • John Singleton and Henry Singleton, who both came to Virginia in 1651


Singleton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jos Singleton, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Joseph Singleton, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Elianor Singleton, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • Wm Singleton, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Matthew Singleton, who landed in Virginia in 1752


Singleton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Able Singleton, who landed in America in 1830
  • Dan'l Singleton, aged 17, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1844
  • William Singleton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • David Singleton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851
  • Samuel S Singleton, who landed in St Clair County, III in 1857


Singleton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Singleton, aged 19, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Joseph Soames"
  • William Singleton, aged 19, a blacksmith, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850
  • John Singleton, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Olivia"

Singleton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Mr Singleton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • John Singleton, aged 25, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1856
  • Jane Singleton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1866

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  • Gilbert Jerome "Gib" Singleton (1935-2014), American sculptor
  • Doris Singleton (1919-2012), American actress, best known for her role as Carolyn Appleby, in I Love Lucy
  • Chris Singleton (b. 1989), American NBA player for the Washington Wizar
  • Chris Singleton (b. 1972), American Major League Baseball center fielder
  • Chris Singleton (b. 1967), American NFL football player
  • Shelby Singleton (1931-2009), American record producer and record label owner
  • Arthur James "Zutty" Singleton (1898-1975), American early jazz drummer
  • John Daniel Singleton (b. 1968), American film director, screenwriter, and producer
  • William Dean Singleton (b. 1951), American newspaper executive, chairman of the board of directors of the Associated Press
  • James Alexander Singleton (b. 1981), American professional basketball player

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. 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).
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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