Warrington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Warrington is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Warrington family lived in Lancashire, at Warrington, a borough, markettown, and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of West Derby. It was originally a British town, and on the invasion of the Romans under Agricola in the year 79, converted into a Roman station. The Saxons named the place Weringtun, from the Saxon Wæring, a fortification, and tun, a town. It later formed part of the demesne of Edward the Confessor and became head of a deanery, of which the jurisdiction still remains. In Domesday Book it is listed under the name of Wallintun; and in the reign of Edward I was in the possession of William le Boteler, who obtained for it the grant of a market, and other privileges.

Early Origins of the Warrington family

The surname Warrington was first found in Lancashire where the manor was granted to Roger de Poitou, one of William the Conqueror's favorite Barons, who held all the lands from the Ribble to the Mersey from 1066. Roger gave Warrington to Paganus de Vilars, a Norman Lord of Villieres le Sec in Calvados, Normandy. His descendants were the Lords of Warrington until 1586 and it is from the junior lines that the name Warrington is derived.

Early History of the Warrington family

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Warrington Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Warrington are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Warrington include Warrington, Warrinton and others.

Early Notables of the Warrington family (pre 1700)

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United States Warrington migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Warrington, or a variant listed above:

Warrington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Warrington who settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Robert Warrington, aged 20, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [1]
  • Edward and Mary Warrington, who settled in Jamaica in 1686
  • William Warrington, who settled in Barbados in 1693
  • Edward Warrington, who settled in Maryland in 1699
Warrington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Warrington, who arrived in Virginia in 1747 [1]
  • Mary Warrington, who settled in New England in 1763

Canada Warrington migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Warrington Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Warrington, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Australia Warrington migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Warrington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Warrington, a brick-maker, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. Fernal Warrington, British Convict who was convicted in Derbyshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Alfred Warrington, English convict who was convicted in Hertford, Hertfordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 9th May 1844, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]

New Zealand Warrington migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Warrington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Augustus Warrington, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr. Warrington, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Bank of England" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 10th October 1850 [4]
  • Mrs. Warrington, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Bank of England" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 10th October 1850 [4]
  • Mr. Joseph Warrington, (b. 1841), aged 24, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Greyhound" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th May 1865 [4]
  • Mrs. Hannah Warrington, (b. 1844), aged 21, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Greyhound" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th May 1865 [4]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Warrington (post 1700) +

  • Lewis Warrington (1782-1851), American officer in the United States Navy during the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, Secretary of the Navy
  • Andrew Clifford "Andy" Warrington (b. 1976), English footballer
  • William Warrington (1796-1869), English maker of stained glass windows, historian and author, his firm was one of the earliest of the English Medieval revival and served clients such as Norwich and Peterborough Cathedrals, author of "The History of Stained Glass"
  • Freda Warrington, British author of epic fantasy, vampire and supernatural novels
  • Marisa Michelle Warrington (b. 1973), Australian actress, best known for her role as Sindi Watts on the Australian soap opera Neighbours
  • Thomas Rolls Warrington PC, QC (1851-1937), 1st Baron Warrington of Clyffe, British lawyer and judge
  • Don Warrington MBE (b. 1951), Trinidadian-born, British television and stage actor
  • Brigadier-General Alfred Warrington Mariner (1891-1959), American Communications Officer, Mediterranean Allied Air Forces (1944-1946) [5]
  • Clinton Warrington Stanley, American politician, Justice of New Hampshire State Supreme Court, 1876-84 [6]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1837
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, February 12) Alfred Mariner. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Mariner/Alfred_Warrington/USA.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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